Da·lai La·ma (dä′lī lämə)
The traditional temporal head of the dominant sect of Buddhism in Tibet and Mongolia, revered by Tibetan Buddhists as the living incarnation of the bodhisattva of compassion.
[Tibetan tāi-la'i-bla-ma : Mongolian dalai, ocean, also used as an epithet meaning “great, universal” (from Old Turkic talūy, ocean, perhaps from Early Middle Chinese *da' lwi' (ᶊyj´), the great Sanggan (River) : da', variant of dajh, great; see DAIKON + lwi', ancient name (now read lěi in Mandarin) of the Sanggan River in Shanxi and Hebei, possibly taken to be part of the mythic world-encircling ocean by early medieval Central Asian nomads raiding China) + Tibetan bla-ma, guru, teacher of dharma; see LAMA.]
(click for a larger image)Dalai Lama
photographed in 2009
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