from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The traditional governmental ruler and highest priest of the dominant sect of Buddhism in Tibet and Mongolia, understood by Tibetans to be the living incarnation of the bodhisattva of compassion.
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- n. The supreme head of Tibetan Buddhism, believed to be an incarnation of Avalokitesvara, and considered the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the two lama-popes of Tibet and Mongolia (his fellow-pope being the tesho-lama), each supreme in his own district.
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- n. chief lama and once ruler of Tibet
In the morning we all walked as though we were walking on egg shells, being given oxygen off and on … We took off for the Norbu-Linka Park Pearl Park, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, 360,000 square meters, built by the 7th Dalai Lama in 1755.
Paul had invited a small contingent, including the Dalai Lama and Richard Gere, to sit in his penthouse garden with the reflecting pool and statue of the Buddha, surrounded by the trellises with their English ivy.
Dedicated to some religious purpose; having a divine character; inspiring solemn thoughts or emotions; as, the Dalai Lama of Thibet; the Moogum of M'bwango; the temple of Apes in Ceylon; the Cow in India; the Crocodile, the Cat and the Onion of ancient Egypt; the Mufti of Moosh; the hair of the dog that bit Noah, etc.