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Dictionary Definition

lama

Noun

1 a Tibetan or Mongolian priest of Lamaism
2 llamas [syn: genus Lama]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A master of Tibetan Buddhism.

Translations

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. lama
  2. llama

Finnish

Etymology 1

Noun

lama
  1. economic depression
    Talous on lamassa.
    The economy is depressed.
Related terms

Etymology 2

Noun

lama

French

Noun

  1. llama (South Americal mammal of the camel family, Llama glama)
  2. lama (Buddhist clergyman)

Verb

lama
  1. 3rd person singular simple past lamer

Hawaiian

Etymology

Originally rama, compare Maori rama

Noun

  1. torch
  2. light

Indonesian

Adjective

lama

Italian

Noun

  1. blade (of a razor or sword)
  1. lama (religious person)
  2. llama (animal)

Derived terms

Malay

Adjective

lama

See also

Noun

lama

Old English

Etymology

Common Germanic *lamaz

Adjective

lama

Portuguese

Noun

  1. mud (soil and water)

Slovene

Noun

  1. llama (South Americal mammal of the camel family, Llama glama)

Spanish

Noun

lama

See also

Verb

lama
  1. 1st and 3rd person singular present subjunctive of lamer, to lick

Swedish

Adjective

lama
  1. See lam

Noun

  1. llama
  2. lama

Extensive Definition

''This article is about Tibetan Buddhist teachers. For other uses of the word see Lama (disambiguation)
distinguish Llama Lama () is a title for a Tibetan teacher of Dharma. The name is similar to the Sanskrit term guru (see Tibetan Buddhism and Bön). The title can be used as an honorific title conferred on a monk, nun or (in the Nyingma, Kagyu and Sakya schools) advanced tantric practitioner to designate a level of spiritual attainment and authority to teach, or may be part of a title such as Dalai Lama or Panchen Lama applied to a lineage of reincarnate lamas (Tulkus).
Perhaps due to misunderstandings by early western scholars attempting to understand Tibetan Buddhism, the term Lama has historically been erroneously applied to Tibetan monks generally. Similarly Tibetan Buddhism was referred to as Lamaism by early western scholars and travelers who did not understand that what they were witnessing was a form of Buddhism; they may also have been unaware of the distinction between Tibetan Buddhism and Bön. The term Lamaism is now considered derogatory.

See also

lama in Bengali: লামা (সন্নাসী)
lama in Catalan: Lama
lama in Czech: Láma
lama in Danish: Lama (person)
lama in Esperanto: Lamao
lama in French: Lama (moine)
lama in Swahili (macrolanguage): Lama
lama in Mongolian: Лам
lama in Dutch: Lama (geestelijke)
lama in Norwegian Nynorsk: Buddhistisk Lama
lama in Polish: Lama (religioznawstwo)
lama in Portuguese: Lama (budismo)
lama in Russian: Лама
lama in Simple English: Lama
lama in Slovak: Láma
lama in Finnish: Lama (uskonto)
lama in Swedish: Lama (munk)
lama in Vietnamese: Lạt-ma
lama in Chinese: 喇嘛
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