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Either of two traditionally reincarnating high lamas of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama or the Panchen Lama.
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(Buddhism) either of two high priests of Lamaism, the Dalai Lama or the Panchen 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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