So the ceremony actually involved five monks - it involved a Sri Lankan monk, a Burmese monk, a Thai monk, a Tibetan lama and an Australian monk.
The local lama (Buddhist spiritual leader) is informed of the birth and the time that it occurred.
The young Buddhist leader is the first lama whose authority is recognized both by China and the Dalai Lama.
All others are totally lacking in freedom, because they must subordinate their will to that of the patriarch, lama , emperor, pharaoh, or whatever else the despot may be called.
She was very much like a Zen monk, or a lama , or my guru.
Children are usually identified as having specific traits indicative of a reincarnated lama , then tested further to prove their identity.
Another heroic figure of Bhutan is Shabdrung, the lama who assumed the title of Dharma Raja in the seventeenth century and laid the political foundations of Bhutan State.
Authorization as a lama usually comes directly from one's teachers and is often not given until the recipient has completed much practice and study.
Ricard, himself a Buddhist lama , is the French translator for the Dalai Lama and has photographed life in Tibet and Nepal for 30 years.
Puman was taken to India at the age of six to be trained as a Tibetan Buddhist lama , while his parents stayed in Taiwan.