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Panchen Lama Line breaks: Pan|chen Lama
Pronunciation: /ˌpantʃ(ə)n ˈlɑːmə/

Definition of Panchen Lama in English:


A Tibetan lama ranking next after the Dalai Lama.
Example sentences
  • Agya, along with the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama, is a member of the Gelug, or Yellow Hat, sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • The Dalai only has the right to convene the process and not to designate and install a Panchen Lama himself.
  • The current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, named him Panchen Lama on May 14, 1995.


Tibetan panchen, abbreviation of pandi-tachen-po 'great learned one'; compare with pundit.

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