One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Tibetan lama ranking next after the Dalai Lama.
- ‘The current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, named him Panchen Lama on May 14, 1995.’
- ‘Agya, along with the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama, is a member of the Gelug, or Yellow Hat, sect of Tibetan Buddhism.’
- ‘For generations, the Panchen Lama and the Dalai Lama maintained their unique teacher-disciple relationship of the elder mentoring the younger.’
- ‘The Dalai only has the right to convene the process and not to designate and install a Panchen Lama himself.’
Tibetan panchen, abbreviation of pandi-tachen-po ‘great learned one’; compare with pundit.
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