from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One professing the religion called Lamaism. Also Lamaite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who believes in Lamaism.

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  • noun One who believes in lamaism.

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

  • noun (Buddhism) an adherent of Lamaism


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  • At the head of the lamaist hierarchy of Tibet are the dalai lama and the panch'en erdeni lama; the word "lama" is derived from a Tibetan word, in Chinese wu shang, meaning "unsurpassed".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • Nomên 'Han is the descendant of a counsellor sent in the sixteenth century by the dalai lama to the chief of the Ordos; his residence is at Kuku-Khoto; the metropolitan lama, Ch'ang Kia' Hut'ukht'u, has his see at Dolonnor; the head of lamaist monasteries is called K'anpu

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • A lamaist ecclesiastic was the hierarchical head of all Buddhists, all other religions being placed under the supervision of a special board.

    Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3

  • (b. at Amdo near Kuku-nor in 1358), founder of the Gelupa Sect, who adopted a yellow dress (hwang kiao), and obliged his followers to return to the primitive religion of Buddha; he founded the monasteries of Gadan and of Sera, and died in 1418, having established the lamaist hierarchy.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon


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