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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Dalai Lama, the
▪ Drepung Loseling lamas will simultaneously begin construction of a Medicine Buddha sand mandala.
▪ It came into being after a lama saw a fight between a white crane and an ape.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lama \La"ma\ (?; 277), n. (Zo["o]l.) See Llama.


Lama \La"ma\, n. [Tibet. blama (pronounced l["a]"ma) a chief, a high priest.] In Tibet, Mongolia, etc., a priest or monk of the belief called Lamaism.

The Grand Lama, or Dalai Lama [lit., Ocean Lama], the supreme pontiff in the lamaistic hierarchy. Until the Chinese occupied Tibet he resided in Lhasa, but now (1998) is in exile. See Lamaism.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"Buddhist priest of Mongolia or Tibet," 1650s, from Tibetan blama "chief, high priest," with silent b-. Related: Lamasery.


Etymology 1 n. A master of Tibetan Buddhism. Etymology 2

n. (alternative form of llama English)

  1. n. a Tibetan or Mongolian priest of Lamaism

  2. llamas [syn: genus Lama]

Lama (genus)

Lama is a genus containing two South American camelids, the wild guanaco and the domesticated llama. This genus is closely allied to the wild vicuña and domesticated alpaca of the genus Vicugna. Before the Spanish conquest of the Americas, llamas and alpacas were the only domesticated ungulates of the continent. They were kept not only for their value as beasts of burden, but also for their flesh, hides, and wool.

Lama (martial art)
This article is about the closely related Lama Pai, Hop Gar, and Tibetan White Crane styles of martial arts. For the Fujianese style of White Crane, see Fujian White Crane (martial art).

While today the martial arts known as Lama Pai, Tibetan White Crane, and Hop Gar exist as relatively distinct lineages and/or organizations, all originated with a single figure known as Sing Lung who arrived in Guangdong Province during the Qing Dynasty and taught a martial art then known as "Lion's Roar" (獅子吼). This article will attempt to explain the history of the tradition as a whole, the current differences between the lineages and organizations, and also their common traits.

Lama (disambiguation)

A lama is a Tibetan teacher of the Dharma.

Lama or LAMA may also refer to:

Lamá (Angolan footballer)

Luís Maimona João (born February 1, 1981 in Luanda), nicknamed Lamá, is an Angolan football goalkeeper, who plays for Petro Luanda in the Girabola.

Lama (Barcelos)

Lama is a Portuguese parish, located in the municipality of Barcelos. The population in 2011 was 1,271, in an area of 3.27 km².


Lamá may refer to:

  • Lamá (Angolan footballer) (born 1981), Angolan football goalkeeper
  • Lamá (Mozambican footballer) (born 1985), Mozambican football goalkeeper

Lama (; "chief" or "high priest") is a title for a teacher of the Dharma in Tibetan Buddhism. The name is similar to the Sanskrit term guru.

Historically, the term was used for venerated spiritual masters or heads of monasteries. Today 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 in general. Similarly, Tibetan Buddhism was referred to as "Lamaism" by early western scholars and travelers who perhaps 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 by some to be derogatory.

In the Vajrayana 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).

Lama (Santo Tirso)

Lama is a former civil parish in the municipality of Santo Tirso, Portugal. In 2013, the parish merged into the new parish Areias, Sequeiró, Lama e Palmeira. It is located 2 km north of the city of Santo Tirso.

Lama (Ukrainian band)

Lama is a pop/rock band based in Ukraine. It became popular after release of their first singles: "Meni tak treba" (I Need So) and "Moje sertse" (My Heart). Their third single was "Litak" (Airplane). Lama's first album Meni tak treba was released in autumn 2006. The active members of Lama are Natalia Dzenkiv (vocals, lyrics), Andriy (guitar), Zurik (bass guitar) and Zi-Zi (drums). In 2007 Lama got the Best Ukrainian act award of MTV Europe Music Awards.

Dzeňkiv has stated in interview that she is planning to record songs in English, and has no plans to sing in Russian.

Lamá (Mozambican footballer)

Odimba Otshudi Lamá (born 15 January 1985) better known as Lamá is a Mozambican goalkeeper with the Mozambique national football team.

He was called up for the 2010 African Cup of Nations tournament.

Lama (Japanese band)

Lama is a Japanese supergroup consisting of former Supercar members Kōji Nakamura and Miki Furukawa, Hisako Tabuchi and Kensuke Ushio.

Lama (name)

Lama is an Arabic female given name that has its roots in Arabic poetry. It means "lips that are dark like the color of a sunset", and is often used in poetry to refer to the lips of the beloved. The name may refer to:

  • Lama Abu-Odeh (born 1962), Jordanian legal scholar
  • Lama Al-Chamandi, Syrian voice actress
  • Lama Hasan (born 1973), British journalist
  • Lama Hattab (born 1980), Jordanian athlete
  • Lama Salam (born 1961), Lebanese Prime minister Tammam Salam's wife
Lama (surname)

Lama is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Alfred A. Lama (1899-1984), Italian-born American architect and politician.
  • Bernard Lama (born 1963), French football coach and former goalkeeper
  • Manolo Lama (born 1962), Spanish radio sportscaster
  • Serge Lama (born 1943), French singer
  • Sofía Lama (born 1987), Mexican actress
  • Manuel Tarrazo Lama (born 1989), Dominican shoe designer, TV presenter and actor.

Usage examples of "lama".

Then he is left to boody over everything by himself till he becomes a sort of political hermit, or ministerial Lama, whom human eyes are not to look upon.

Having already landed in Delhi, Chimera considered traveling on to Dharmsala to meet the lama.

Most Holy Lobsang Drom Rinpoche, who is destined to find the lost Bunji Lama.

Chiun blazed a trail through the snow sufficient for the Bunji Lama, Kula and Lobsang Drom to follow safely.

Many of the lamas and trapas flagrantly flaunted their amorousness toward each other, to leave no doubt that they had forsworn sordid, ordinary, normal sex.

Exhausted, the lama sat back down and prayed to Furo for guidance, silently whispering his sutras as he sat huddled near the door.

Dorje Phamo has recently told her female priests and monks at the Oracle Gompa and the male monks at Samden Gompa that it is Aenea, not His Holiness the current Dalai Lama, who is the incarnation of the living Buddha of Mercy.

He pointed to the elderly lama as he went on: This is Brodier Bayen, from die great lamasery of Lhasa.

There were several lamaseries on the Wutai Mountains and hundreds of lamas.

Dalai Lama himself, minus his Regent and Lord Chamberlain, accompanied only by his personal bodyguard and Chief Crier, Carl Linga William Eiheji.

Bettik, Rachel and Theo, George and Jigme, Kuku and Kay, Chim Din and Gyalo Thondup, Lhomo and Labsang, Kim Byung-Soon and Viki Groselj, Kenshiro and Haruyuki, Master Abbot Kempo Ngha Wang Tashi and his master, the young Dalai Lama, Voytek Majer and Janusz Kurtyka, brooding Rimsi Kyipup and grinning Changchi Kenchung, the Dorje Phamo the Thunderbolt Sow and Carl Linga William Eiheji.

Chief Crier and Head of Security, Carl Linga William Eiheji, and the boy himself -- the Dalai Lama.

Even the Panchen Lama, initially wooed by the Chinese, was relieved of his office in 1964 and placed under house arrest in Peking as a traitor.

The Chinese experiment in bringing the Panchen Lama to Lhasa revealed the reaction of the Tibetan people.

Although the Panchen Lama has nothing like the charisma of the Dalai Lama, he nevertheless triggered off powerful emotions.