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Mongolian Lama

Lama (Tibetan: བླ་མ་Wylie: bla-ma; "chief" or "high priest"[1]) is a title for a Tibetan teacher of the 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.[2]

In the Vajrayana practice 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 (a variant of the Three Jewels), alongside the yidam and protector (who may be a dakini, dharmapala or other Buddhist deity figure).

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=lama
  2. ^ Korom, Frank J. (1997). "Constructing Tibetan Culture: Contemporary Perspectives". World Heritage Press. 

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German

Noun

Lama, n. (plural: Lamas)

  1. llama

Noun

Lama, m. (plural: Lamas)

  1. lama

Wikispecies

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Superordo: Cetartiodactyla
Ordo: Artiodactyla
Subordo: Tylopoda
Familia: Camelidae
Genus: Lama
Species: L. glama - L. guanicoe

Name

Lama Cuvier, 1800

References

  • Lama on Mammal Species of the World.
    Don E. Wilson & DeeAnn M. Reeder (editors). 2005. Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed).

Vernacular names

Česky: Lama
Deutsch: Lamas
English: Llamas
Español: Llamas
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Bible wiki

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(Matt. 27:46), a Hebrew word meaning why, quoted from Ps. 22:1.

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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This article is about a religious leader. The article about the animals is at Llama

In the Tibetan language, lama means teacher. A lama is a religious teacher, guide, or mentor of Tibetan Buddhism. The meaning is similar to the Sanskrit term guru. The word lama is part of the title, Dalai Lama.








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