Definitions for LAMAˈlɑ mə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

la•maˈlɑ mə(n.)(pl.)-mas.

  1. a Lamaist monk.

    Category: Eastern Religions

Origin of lama:

1645–55; < Tibetan lama (sp. bla ma) a monk of high rank, lit., superior one

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lama(noun)

    a Tibetan or Mongolian priest of Lamaism

  2. Lama, genus Lama(noun)

    llamas

Wiktionary

  1. lama(Noun)

    A master of Tibetan Buddhism.

  2. Origin: From བླ་མ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lama(noun)

    see Llama

  2. Lama(noun)

    in Thibet, Mongolia, etc., a priest or monk of the belief called Lamaism

Freebase

  1. Lama

    Lama is a title for a Tibetan teacher of the Dharma. The name is similar to the Sanskrit term guru. Historically, the term was used for venerated spiritual masters or heads of monasteries. Today the title can be used as an honorific title conferred on a monk, nun or 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. Perhaps due to misunderstandings by early western scholars attempting to understand Tibetan Buddhism, the term Lama has historically been erroneously applied to Tibetan monks in general. Similarly, Tibetan Buddhism was referred to as Lamaism by early western scholars and travelers who perhaps 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 by some to be derogatory. In the Vajrayana path of Tibetan Buddhism, the lama is often the tantric spiritual guide, the guru to the aspiring Buddhist yogi or yogini. As such, the lama will then appear as one of the Three Roots, alongside the yidam and protector.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

long(adverb)

a great period of time

This happened long before you were born.

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