Panchen Lama

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Pan·chen La·ma

 (pän′chən lä′mə)
Tibetan Buddhism's second highest lama, below the Dalai Lama.

[Tibetan paṇchen bla-ma : paṇchen, great scholar (Sanskrit paṇḍitaḥ, scholar; see pundit + Tibetan chen-po, great) + Tibetan bla-ma, monk; see lama.]

Panchen Lama

(Buddhism) one of the two Grand Lamas of Tibet, ranking below the Dalai Lama. Also called: Tashi Lama
[from Tibetan panchen, literally: great jewel, from the title of the lama (in full: great jewel among scholars)]

Ta•shi La•ma

(ˈtɑ ʃi ˈlɑ mə)
a Tibetan monk and spiritual leader second in rank to the Dalai Lama.
Also called Panchen Lama.
[after Tashi (Lumpo), the monastery of which this Lama is abbot]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Panchen Lama - the lama next in rank to the Dalai Lama
lama - a Tibetan or Mongolian priest of Lamaism
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In reply to another query, the 17th Karmapa said there was no pressure from China on him to recognize the Panchen Lama, Tibetan Buddhism's second most powerful leader, who is usually selected by Beijing.
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The exiled Tibetan leader, however, reportedly said he is concerned China will use the Panchen Lama it sanctions to recognize the next Dalai Lama.
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S OON AFTER the 10th Panchen Lama passed away in Shigatse in January 1989, the Dalai Lama started performing pujas in order to locate the genuine reincarnation of the diseased Panchen Lama, the second most important figure in Tibetan Buddhism.
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