Dharmata, aka: Dharmatā; 2 Definition(s)


Dharmata means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism


Dharmata (धर्मत).—The Brāhma form of marriage.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 76. 3.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Dharmatā (Dharmatā):—The Dharma of the Buddhas is the true nature of dharmas (dharmāṇāṃ dharmatā). Now this true nature is

  • “without production (anutpāda),
  • without destruction (anirodha),
  • without interruption (anuccheda),
  • without permanence (aśāśvata),
  • without one-ness (anekārtha),
  • without multiplicity (anānārtha),
  • without coming (anāgama),
  • without going (anirgama)”,
  • without grasping (anupādāna),
  • without agitation (āniñjya),
  • without attachment (asaṅga),
  • without support (anāsraya),
  • non-existent (asat), like nirvāṇa.

Dharmatā being like that, how could it disappear (antardhāna)?

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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