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The Meaning of Chos or Dharma

The Tibetan word Chos is known as Dharma in Sanskrit, and it means "to hold." All the objects of this world which have definable identities of their own are known as Dharmas. There is another meaning of Dharma, and this is: "to hold back from impending disaster." It is in this sense that Dharma can mean "religion"; religion, that is to say, as opposed to secularism. Generally speaking, any noble activity of mind, body and speech denote Dharma or religion—which can save or hold one back from disaster. One is considered to practice religion if one implements these activities.

By H. H. the Dalai Lama of Tibet