Definitions for lamaismˈlɑ məˌɪz əm
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
La•ma•ismˈlɑ məˌɪz əm(n.)
the Mahayana Buddhism of Tibet and Mongolia, having a hierarchical monastic organization.
Category: Eastern Religions
Origin of Lamaism:
Lamaism, Tibetan Buddhism(noun)
a Buddhist doctrine that includes elements from India that are not Buddhist and elements of preexisting shamanism
a modified form of Buddhism which prevails in Thibet, Mongolia, and some adjacent parts of Asia; -- so called from the name of its priests. See 2d Lama
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Buddhism as professed in Thibet and Mongolia, or the worship of Buddha and his Dharma (q. v.); conceived of as incarnated in the Sangha (q. v.) or priesthood, and especially in the Grand Lama or Dalai Lama, the chief priest; a kind of hero-worship, or at all events saint-worship; long since sunk into mere idolatry (q. v.).
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