Dalai Lama[däl ī′ lä′mə]
the traditional high priest of Lamaism
Origin of Dalai LamaMongolian dalai, ocean + blama: see lama
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.
Origin of Dalai LamaTibetan : Mongolian dalai, ocean + Tibetan bla-ma, monk (so called because he is known as the ocean of compassion); see lama.
photographed in 2009