From Rigpa Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Dharmata (Skt. dharmatā; Tib. ཆོས་ཉིད་, chönyi; Wyl. chos nyid) — suchness, or the true nature of reality.

Sogyal Rinpoche writes:

The Sanskrit word dharmatā, ཆོས་ཉིད་, chö nyi in Tibetan, means the intrinsic nature of everything, the essence of things as they are. Dharmata is the naked, unconditioned truth, the nature of reality, or the true nature of phenomenal existence.[1]


  1. Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, revised and updated edition (Harper San Francisco, 2002), pages 278-279.

Alternative Translations

  • absolute nature
  • intrinsic nature of reality
  • intrinsic reality