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Da·lai La·ma(dä′lī lä′mə)
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 : Mongolian dalai, ocean + Tibetan bla-ma, monk (so called because he is known as the ocean of compassion); see lama.]
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Dalai Lama(ˈdælaɪ ˈlɑːmə)
1. (Buddhism) (until 1959) the chief lama and ruler of Tibet
2. (Biography) born 1935, the 14th holder of this office (1940), who fled to India (1959): Nobel peace prize 1989
3. (Biography) born 1935, the 14th holder of this office (1940), who fled to India (1959): Nobel peace prize 1989
[from Mongolian dalai ocean; see lama]
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Da•lai La•ma(ˈdɑ laɪ ˈlɑ mə)
1. the title for the traditional ruler and chief monk of Tibet.
2. (Tenzin Gyatso), born 1935, Tibetan religious and political leader, in exile since 1959: the Dalai Lama since 1940; Nobel peace prize 1989.
[< Mongolian, =dalai ocean + lama a celibate priest]
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