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Lama (Tibetan: བླ་མ་Wylie: bla-ma) 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.[1]

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. Korom, Frank J. (1997). "Constructing Tibetan Culture: Contemporary Perspectives". World Heritage Press. 


Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also Lama, and lǎma

Contents

English

a lama

Etymology

Tibetan བླ་མ (bla-ma)

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
lama

Plural
lamas

lama (plural lamas)

  1. A master of Tibetan Buddhism.

Related terms

Translations

External links

Anagrams


Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

lama (plural lama's, diminutive lamaatje, diminutive plural lamaatjes)

  1. A Budhist lama
  2. A llama

Finnish

Etymology 1

Noun

lama

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

Etymology 2

Noun

lama

  1. A Budhist lama

French

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Noun

lama m.

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

Verb

lama

  1. 3rd person singular simple past lamer

Hawaiian

Etymology

Originally rama, compare Maori rama

Noun

lama

  1. A torch
  2. A light

Indonesian

Adjective

lama

  1. long

Italian

Etymology 1

Noun

lama f. (plural lame)

  1. A blade (of a razor or sword)

Etymology 2

Noun

lama m. (plural lami)

  1. A lama (religious person)

Etymology 3

Noun

lama m. (plural lami)

  1. A llama (animal)
Derived terms

Anagrams


Malay

Adjective

lama

  1. long

See also


Novial

Noun

lama

  1. A llama

Old English

Etymology

Common Germanic *lamaz

Adjective

lama

  1. lame

Papiamentu

Noun

lama

  1. The sea

Polish

lama (#1)

Noun

lama f.

  1. A lama (master of Tibetan Buddhism)
  2. A llama (South Americal mammal of the camel family)

Declension

#1 #2
Singular Plural
Nominative lama lamy
Genitive lamy lam
Dative lamie lamom
Accusative lamę lamy
Instrumental lamą lamami
Locative lamie lamach
Vocative lamo lamy
Singular Plural
Nominative lama lamowie
Genitive lamy lamów
Dative lamie lamom
Accusative lamę lamów
Instrumental lamą lamami
Locative lamie lamach
Vocative lamo lamowie

Portuguese

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lama

Noun

lama f.

  1. mud (soil and water)

This Portuguese entry was created from the translations listed at mud. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see lama in the Portuguese Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) April 2008


Slovene

Noun

lama f.

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

This Slovene entry was created from the translations listed at llama. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see lama in the Slovene Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) April 2008


Spanish

Noun

lama f.

  1. slime

See also

Verb

lama (infinitive: lamer)

  1. formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of lamer.
  2. first-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of lamer.
  3. formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of lamer.
  4. third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of lamer.

Swedish

Adjective

lama

  1. absolute plural form of lam.
  2. absolute definite form of lam

Noun

lama c.

Inflection for lama 1 Singular Plural
common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Base form lama laman lamor lamorna
Possessive form lamas lamans lamors lamornas
  1. A lama; a monk
  2. (animal) A llama

Tibetan

Noun

བླ་མ lama (bla ma)

  1. An accomplishhed Budhist spiritual teacher, guru

Simple English

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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