Dalai Lama


Da·​lai La·​ma ˌdä-lī-ˈlä-mə How to pronounce Dalai Lama (audio)
: the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism

Examples of Dalai Lama in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The story is inspired both by the life of Belgian-French Buddhist scholar Alexandra David-Néel, who was the first western woman to gain an audience with the Dalai Lama, and Tenzin Gyatso who is the 14th Dalai Lama. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 21 Mar. 2024 Pictures on the walls of the restaurants reveal the famous people who have visited the iconic spot including Dalai Lama, Congressman John Lewis, James Brown, Beyonce, Senator Hillary Clinton, Alan Jackson and President Jimmy Carter. Stephanie Gallman Jordan, Southern Living, 15 Mar. 2024 Dozens of Buddhist monks have committed self-immolation, to protest the suppression of Buddhist leaders in Vietnam in the middle of the last century and, more recently, to draw attention to Chinese rule over Tibet, and the exile of the Dalai Lama. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2024 This is true in the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. Lobsang Sangay, Foreign Affairs, 6 Nov. 2023 Others also pointed to a 2010 Bon Jovi gig in Tokyo that featured images of the Dalai Lama – Beijing’s bete noire – on the stage background. Heather Chen, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024 Its tools have played a role in uncovering the financial fraud carried out by Bernie Madoff, rooting out Chinese spyware installed on the Dalai Lama’s computer, and allegedly aiding in the hunt for Osama bin Laden—a long-standing rumor the company has been careful not to dispute. TIME, 8 Feb. 2024 The White Palace houses the Dalai Lama’s apartments, while the Red Palace is a place of religious study, history, and prayer. Jordan Riefe, Robb Report, 29 Jan. 2024 Beijing faces criticisms for its rule in Tibet, after the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader for most Tibetans, was forced to flee in 1959 when a revolt failed. Didi Tang, Fortune Well, 5 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Mongolian dalai ocean

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Dalai Lama was in 1698

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“Dalai Lama.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dalai%20Lama. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Biographical Definition

Dalai Lama

biographical name

Da·​lai La·​ma ˈdä-ˌlī-ˈlä-mə How to pronounce Dalai Lama (audio)
1935–     Tenzin Gyatso Tibetan religious and political leader

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