Pali word (the Sanskrit equivalent
being Dharma) with meanings as diverse as 'nature', 'teachings',
'justice', 'normal', 'truth' and 'good manners'. As the
word is commonly used in Buddhism it means the teachings
and doctrine's of the Buddha. But these teachings and
doctrine's are called Dhamma because they explain and
describe the nature of things, the way things are, the
way they operate.
Rahula, "Wrong notions of Dhammata (Dharmata)"
in Zen and the Taming of the Bull. London,
T. Stecherbatsky, The Central Conception of Buddhism
and the Meaning of the Word 'Dharma'. London, 1923.