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Tibetan Buddhism. No longer in scholarly use.

La′ma·ist n.
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(Buddhism) the Mahayana form of Buddhism of Tibet and Mongolia. See also Dalai Lama
ˈLamaist n, adj
ˌLamaˈistic adj
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(ˈlɑ məˌɪz əm)

the Mahayana Buddhism of Tibet and Mongolia, having a hierarchical monastic organization.
La′ma•ist, n.
La`ma•is′tic, adj.
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a reformation of Buddhism in Tibet intended to bring about stricter discipline in the monasteries; the dominant sect is Gelup-Ka (The Virtuous Way), with the patron deity Chen-re-zi (the Bodhisattva of Great Mercy), who is reincarnated as the successive Dalai Lamas. Also called Gelup-Ka. — Lamaist, n.Lamaistic, adj.
See also: Buddhism
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Noun1.Lamaism - a Buddhist doctrine that includes elements from India that are not Buddhist and elements of preexisting shamanismLamaism - a Buddhist doctrine that includes elements from India that are not Buddhist and elements of preexisting shamanism
Buddhism - the teaching of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire, that suffering ceases when desire ceases, and that enlightenment obtained through right conduct and wisdom and meditation releases one from desire and suffering and rebirth
Sitsang, Thibet, Tibet, Xizang - an autonomous region of the Peoples Republic of China; located in the Himalayas
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References in classic literature ?
'And he applies to the lama for information on lamaism, and devil- dances, and spells and charms, several times in these few years.
For this reason, there are many marginalized religious traditions that are not permitted in China such as independent house churches, underground Catholic groups, Islamic associations, Tibetan Lamaism, among many others.
Russian researchers wrote that Kyrgyz and Kazakh languages were alike, and Kyrgyz people followed Lamaism religion.
Tibetan Buddhism is often referred to in Western literature as Lamaism. This is a form of Mahayana Buddhism, and is characterized by a specific, complex fusion of the old monastic practices of Sarvastivada (1) with the cult methods of Vajrayana (2).
"The current idea is that lamaism is a hotchpotch of magic rites with no spiritual substance.
In addition, vertical moire in Lamaism (also called ruyi pattern) and 'eight-treasure pattern' in Taoism are adopted.
The iconography of Tibetan Lamaism. Revised edition.
Upon receiving the invitation from Vice Mayor Wang Yuxi, Hameur was hesitant because he was doubtful of the sincerity to rejuvenate Lamaism at Puning Temple and was uncertain of the actual implementation of religious policy in inland areas.
18 In Tibet and Mongolia, Lamaism is an offshoot of which religion?
Tibetan Buddhism or Lamaism was adopted as a religion by the first Qing emperors, and this duomuhu, or ewer, was used at court to honour Tibetan guests.
This situation, in which many see an important development toward the democratization of institutional Lamaism, makes this book, Appel au monde (Call to the World), into a political testament of sorts.