Panchen Lama


Pan·​chen Lama ˈpän-chən- How to pronounce Panchen Lama (audio)
: the lama who is the chief spiritual adviser of the Dalai Lama

Examples of Panchen Lama in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The introduction in 1995 of rules about reincarnations was calculated to allow the government to intervene in the selection of the 11th Panchen Lama. Lobsang Sangay, Foreign Affairs, 6 Nov. 2023 In 1995, China kidnapped a boy the Dalai Lama had named as the Panchen Lama, the second-most-recognizable figure in Tibetan Buddhism. David Pierson, New York Times, 4 Oct. 2023 The Panchen Lama chosen by the Dalia Lama is denounced by Beijing as invalid as he was not chosen according to tradition. CNN, 2 Jan. 2023

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Word History


Panchen from Chinese (Beijing) bānchán

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Panchen Lama was in 1822

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“Panchen Lama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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