Seth19930 wrote:Thanks! Well since I've already posted in a Theravada discussion forum does anyone have knowledge pertaining to why llamas are significant in Tibetan Buddhism?
I'm gonna ride my llama
From Peru to Texarcana
I'm gonna ride him good
In my old neighbourhood.
-- Ride my llama, Neil Young
Seth19930 wrote:So the animal has no relation to the title in any symbolic way?
mikenz66 wrote:Seth19930 wrote:So the animal has no relation to the title in any symbolic way?
Unlikely, since the term lama originated in South America:
http://oxforddictionaries.com/definitio ... lish/llama
Seth19930 wrote:Lama in Tibetan means weighty! I figured it out! Because the dharma is weighty!
tiltbillings wrote:Seth19930 wrote:Lama in Tibetan means weighty! I figured it out! Because the dharma is weighty!
lama (blama) literally means "none higher." It is not a direct translation into the Tibetan of guru (Sanskrit; garu in Pali), which means heavy or one with gravitas.
The Tibetans translated guru as lama (bla-ma). La means unsurpassable or sublime, while ma means mother.
Lamas resemble mothers in that they have given birth internally to what is sublime. In other words, lamas are people who are extraordinarily advanced in spiritual development. Moreover, lamas help others to give birth to their own achievements of similar states.
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