What does dalai lama mean?

Definitions for dalai lamaˈdɑ laɪ ˈlɑ mə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Dalai Lama, Grand Lama(noun)

    chief lama and once ruler of Tibet


  1. Dalai Lama(Noun)

    (Tibetan Buddhism) The supreme head of Tibetan Buddhism, believed to be an incarnation of Avalokitesvara, and considered the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.

  2. Origin: From далай + Tibetan བླ་མ.


  1. Dalai Lama

    The Dalai Lama is a high lama in the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" school of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Tsongkhapa. The name is a combination of the Mongolian word dalai meaning "Ocean" and the Tibetan word བླ་མ་ bla-ma meaning "guru, teacher". According to Tibetan Buddhist doctrine, the Dalai Lama is the rebirth in a line of tulkus who are metaphorically considered to be manifestations of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteśvara. The Dalai Lama is often thought to be the leader of the Gelug School, but this position belongs officially to the Ganden Tripa, which is a temporary position appointed by the Dalai Lama who, in practice, exerts much influence. The line of Dalai Lamas began as a lineage of spiritual teachers; the 5th Dalai Lama assumed political authority over Tibet. For certain periods between the 17th century and 1959, the Dalai Lamas sometimes directed the Tibetan government, which administered portions of Tibet from Lhasa. The 14th Dalai Lama remained the head of state for the Central Tibetan Administration until his retirement on March 14, 2011. He has indicated that the institution of the Dalai Lama may be abolished in the future, and also that the next Dalai Lama may be found outside Tibet and may be female. The Chinese government rejected this and asserted that only it has the authority to select the next Dalai Lama.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dalai lama in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dalai lama in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dalai Lama:

    I think the Chinese government is more concerned with the Dalai Lama institution than myself.

  2. Ellen DeGeneres:

    Would I call Ellen DeGeneres the Dalai Lama of daytime ? No. But I'm sure someone out there has.

  3. Ashin Wirathu:

    I do not respect the Dalai Lama. He's a political power broker. The Dalai Lama is not honorable to me.

  4. Norbu Dunzhub:

    No matter what the Dalai Lama says or does, the central government's recognized rights toward reincarnation cannot be denied.

  5. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang:

    China resolutely opposes any country, organization, body or individual giving any kind of platform to the 14th Dalai Lama to engage in anti-China splittist activities.

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