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The Dharma dharmata vibhaga (Skt. Dharmadharmatāvibhāga; Tib. chos dang chos nyid rnam 'byed ཆོས་དང་ཆོས་ཉིད་རྣམ་འབྱེད་), known in English as Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata, is a Mahayana treatise that is identified within the Tibetan tradition as one of the Five Treatises of Maitreya. According to tradition, these five treatises were presented to Asanga by the Buddha Maitreya.

This text discusses the distinction and correlation (vibhāga) between dharma (phenomena) and dharmatā (reality). The work exists in both a prose and a verse version and survives only in Tibetan translation. However, the Sanskrit original was reported to exist in Tibet during the 1930s by the Indian Buddhologist and explorer, Rahul Sankrityayan.

In English translation

The Dharmadharmata-vibhaga was translated into English by Jim Scott in 2004[1]


  1. Maitreya's Distinguishing Phenomena and Pure Being: Commentary by Mipham. by Jim Scott with Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Snow Lion Publications. Ithica: 2004. ISBN 1-55939-215-0
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