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[lah-muh-iz-uh m]
  1. the Buddhism of Tibet and Mongolia, a Mahayana form including non-Buddhist Indian elements as well as elements of the preexisting Bön shamanism.
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Origin of Lamaism

First recorded in 1810–20; lama + -ism
Related formsLa·ma·ist, nounLa·ma·is·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for lamaism

Historical Examples

  • The personality of the Living Buddha is double, just as everything in Lamaism is double.

    Beasts, Men and Gods

    Ferdinand Ossendowski

  • But we have indeed, discovered that Lamaism has absorbed many of its elements.

  • Lamaism, a corrupt form of Buddhism, i. 312; founder of, 312; ii.

  • He is also responsible for the re-introduction of Lamaism into Mongolia .

  • Lamaism probably entered the country at this time, if not earlier.

British Dictionary definitions for lamaism


  1. the Mahayana form of Buddhism of Tibet and MongoliaSee also Dalai Lama
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Derived FormsLamaist, noun, adjectiveLamaistic, adjective
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