from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One professing the religion called Lamaism. Also
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
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- 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".
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
A lamaist ecclesiastic was the hierarchical head of all Buddhists, all other religions being placed under the supervision of a special board.
(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.