Definition of Panchen Lama in English:

Panchen Lama

noun

  • A Tibetan lama ranking next after the Dalai Lama.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Panchen Lama

/ˌpantʃ(ə)n ˈlɑːmə/