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 (där′mə, dûr′-)
1. Hinduism & Buddhism
a. The principle or law that orders the universe.
b. Individual conduct in conformity with this principle.
c. The essential function or nature of a thing.
2. Hinduism Individual obligation with respect to caste, social custom, civil law, and sacred law.
3. Buddhism
a. The body of teachings expounded by the Buddha.
b. Knowledge of or duty to undertake conduct set forth by the Buddha as a way to enlightenment.
c. One of the basic, minute elements from which all things are made.

[Sanskrit dharmaḥ, statute, law; see dher- in Indo-European roots.]

dhar′mic adj.


(of religion or beliefs) of Indian origin
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In Indian popular belief a new Incarnation takes place every time the 'social order' is upset and a new Avatar comes to restore the Dharmic order.
The comedy that runs through the volume, his wise-cracks, and the slower, more cosmic jokes evoke Sigler's delight in spinning around the dharmic wheel.
In addition to using foundational counseling skills (Norcross, 2011), the counselor would need to reflect on the intersection of his or her own religious or spiritual worldview and narratives with Lillian's journey from atheism, to agnosticism, to exposure to dharmic perspectives on meditation.
Hence this tradition is founded on eminent texts that reveals a tension between a doctrinal, unitary claims that want to be exclusive, and yet commanding, a sort of trans-cosmic "other", and a multi-layered, plural and mutually transforming, never pure and hence accommodating to the Dharmic and Adharmic factors.
Pilgrimage activities in Buddhist nations speak to the importance of being in the presence of important dharmic sites as a way to improve one's spiritual standing.
Hagiography and Religious Truth: Case Studies in the Abrahamic and Dharmic Traditions
The Shri Dharmic Leela Committee's Ram Lila event was attended by President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice- President Hamid Ansari, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar among others.
Whereas the first employs bhakti frequently in relation to recurrent themes of friendship, hospitality, and separation, the Ramayana collapses and redirects bhakti toward the figure of the perfect, dharmic king, and Manu simply rejects the idea of bhakti in relation to his agenda of articulating a new orthodoxy.
In his translation and analysis of a Northern Thai funeral ritual text, Charles Keyes emphasises that the form and content of funeral rituals must combine elements of dharmic texts and scriptural authority together with 'traditional' ritual elements.
He is working to removing the trust deficit between different castes, sects and sections of Hindu society in Tamil Nadu and work on protection of Hindu Women, Socio-Economically Weaker Sections of Hindu Society, Cows, Temples and Propagation of Hindu dharmic awareness among the masses.
Maharana Jagat Singh wished to make a statement to all that he was a dharmic (righteous) ruler of the Suryavanshi race, descended from a son of Rama himself.
Until the British came to India, there were no common words for "thank you" in any regional language; this derived from the facts (1) that kind actions done for others were taken for granted as part of the expected relationship between family members and friends; and (2) that prescriptions for dharmic action, as defined for each caste or social group, regulated human social interactions to a large extent.