(Pali: Dhammacārī; lit., "one who follows the Dhamma")
is a term used in some Theravada Buddhist communities to refer to lay devotees (upāsakas) who have seriously committed themselves to Buddhist practice for several years. Dhammacaris follow four training vows in addition to the traditional 5 precepts that all lay devotees follow.
After initiation, Dhammacari's are encouraged to teach Dhamma School for children, give introductory talks on Buddhism, conduct meditation sessions, and organize Dhamma study groups. Dhammacaris with the proper training and background may also provide Buddhist counseling.