from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Tibetan Buddhism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A modified form of Buddhism which prevails in Tibet, Mongolia, and some adjacent parts of Asia; -- so called from the name of its priests. See 2d lama.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A corrupted form of Buddhism prevailing in Tibet and Mongolia, which combines the ethical and metaphysical ideas of Buddhism with an organized hierarchy under two semi-political sovereign pontiffs (see lama), an elaborate ritual, and the worship of a host of deities and saints.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Buddhist doctrine that includes elements from India that are not Buddhist and elements of preexisting shamanism


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  • In Tibet, Lamaism, which is an amalga - mation of Esoteric Buddhism with popular faiths, pre - vails with Lamas as spiritual leaders, although their spiritual prestige has greatly declined due to the Com - munist invasion in 1959.


  • Buddhism, especially in the form of Esoteric Buddhism, came to Tibet in the seventh century; Tibetan Buddhism is called Lamaism by for - eigners.


  • A third stream of Buddhism, namely Lamaism, came into China from Tibet under the Mongol dynasty

    Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 1

  • The religion of Tibet and Mongolia, often called Lamaism, is probably the most singular form of Buddhism in existence and has long attracted attention in Europe on account of its connection with politics and its curious resemblance to the Roman Church in ritual as well as in statecraft.

    Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3

  • Hinayana self-denial, and tinged with the Vajrayana culture of "Lamaism," as Hegel calls it, which would have been highly visible to Samuel Turner.

    Hegel on Buddhism

  • The zealous attitude of such people reminded others of Victorian scholars and missionaries self-righteously proclaiming "Lamaism" a degenerate form of Buddhism.

    Relating to a Spiritual Teacher: Building a Healthy Relationship ��� Preface: Historical Survey of the Interaction between Western Seekers and Tibetan Spiritual Teachers

  • You cannot separate Hinduism from Buddhism, for without it Hinduism could not have assumed its medieval shape and some forms of Buddhism, such as Lamaism, countenance Brahmanic deities and ceremonies, while in Java and Camboja the two religions were avowedly combined and declared to be the same.

    Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 1

  • The annual festival celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Lamaism in the eighth century.

    Asia in Pictures

  • This "first unit of a Tibetan museum and temple," a columnist for the New York Sun reassured his readers, "does not mean an attempt to convert New York to that phase of Buddhism called Lamaism."

    Tibet on Staten Island

  • Jim Ritchey: Even in my excursion into 'rebooting'--my Lama is the reincarnation of the 1940's Lama--it all revolves around his remembering who he was--in a 'mash-up' universe that combines both the pulp and the Spark Publications versions--where he Dumont succeeds in his original mission after the last published story, to become a Guru of sorts, and spread the good news of Lamaism'.

    Archive 2009-04-01


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