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Buddhist Dharma

We carry a selection of Buddhist dharma items and dharma gifts inculding incense, vajra, Tibetan bells, tingsha, prayer wheels and mala beads or prayer beads which are used in meditation, chanting and other practices.

The concept of Dharma has meaning to both Hindus and Buddhist. As described by Hindu scriptures, Dharma is the path of righteousness and living one's life according to the codes of conduct. Hinduism describes dharma as the natural universal laws whose observance enables humans to be contented and happy, and to save themselves from degradation and suffering.  Hindus consider Dharma the very foundation of life.

In Buddhism Dharma means "cosmic law and order" but is also applied to the teachings of the Buddha. In Buddhist Philosophy, Dharma is also the term for "phenomena".For practicing Buddhists, references to Dharma particularly as "the Dharma", generally means the teachings of the Buddha, commonly known throughout the East as Buddha-Dharma. The status of Dharma is regarded variably by different Buddhist traditions. Some regard it as an ultimate truth, or as the fount of all things which lies beyond the "three realms"  and the "wheel of becoming". Others, who regard the Buddha as simply an enlightened human being, see the Dharma as the essence of the "84,000 different aspects of the teaching"  that the Buddha gave to various types of people, based upon their individual propensities and capabilities. For others still, they see the Dharma as referring to the "truth," or the ultimate reality of "the way that things really are" (Tib. Cho).

Nepal/Nepali and Tibet/Tibetan stores and shops like Himalayan Trade are often called Dharma shops and sell what are commonly known as Dharma items or Dharma products which are used by Buddhist and Hindu practicioners in their spiritual practices.  Dharma items include certain ritual items such as incense, vajra, bells, tingsha, prayer wheels and malas which are used in meditation, chanting and other pracdtices.