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Syllabification: La·ma·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈläməˌizəm

Definition of Lamaism in English:


The system of doctrine and observances inculcated and maintained by lamas; Tibetan Buddhism.
Example sentences
  • The main religion is Lamaism, which is the Yellow Sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Chinese officials did, however, try to conciliate the nomads by promoting Tibetan Lamaism, the religion of the Mongols.
  • In some pastoral areas, the Ewenki believe in Lamaism, the Tibetan form of Buddhism adopted by the majority of Mongols.



noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • The Chinese Emperor was the highest patron of Lamaist Buddhism - a concept which allowed the Emperor to think of the Dalai Lama as his client, and the Dalai Lama to think of the Emperor as his disciple.
  • Scroll paintings called tanka that depicted the various gods and saints of Lamaist Buddhism decorated every temple.
  • There is also a religious justification for the ban in this staunchly Lamaist Buddhist kingdom.


Pronunciation: /ˌläməˈistik/
Example sentences
  • According to a Lamaistic legend, Buddha himself gave this instrument to the Dragon King as a present.
  • Later it achieved a degree of independence becoming an important centre of the Lamaistic Sakvapa sect.
  • Even in the Forbidden City itself, Tibetan Buddhist shrines could be seen everywhere and Lamaistic rituals were held each year.

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