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Is the Dalai Lama like a monarch? Descended from a lineage.?

Never really knew what the Dalai Lama was. Seems he is descended from a long line, They all seem to have the same surname. So – does that mean the Dalai Lama is similar to our queeen??


  1. No. Nothing like that.
    It is more like the Pope’s name. It is taken.
    Like Benedict. That isn’t his real name, he took that name.
    Tenzin Gyatso is a taken name. The current Dalai Lama was born Llhamo Döndrub.
    (Why do I have a thumbs down? I was the first one to answer this.) What is wrong with people?

  2. No, he’s a reincarnation of the last one and the one before and the one before him and the one….

  3. The title “Dalai Lama” was bestowed by the Mongolian ruler Altan Khan upon Sonam Gyatso, the 3rd Dalai Lama, in 1578. Sonam Gyatso was invited to visit Amdo (in modern Qinghai province) by Altan Khan, whose Tumed Mongol tribe had an ever increasing presence there, even after the peace with the Chinese Ming Dynasty in 1571. Upon his arrival, the Khan addressed Sonam Gyatso in Mongol by the name of Dalai Lama, dalai being the Mongolian equivalent of the Tibetan gyatso (“ocean”). Altan, knowing that the lama’s predecessor had also the word gyatso in his name, mistook it for a family name; and this ‘mistake’ has been perpetuated. Hence, the origin of the title of Dalai Lama since given to all the reincarnations of the Grand Lama. This interpretation of the name Dalai Lama has been confirmed by Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: “So I don’t really agree that the Mongols actually conferred a title. It was just a translation.” However, the extended title conferred by Altan Khan was “Dalai Lama Vajradhara,” the latter a Sanskrit word meaning “holder of the thunderbolt.” This relationship between the Mongol ruler and the Gelug Tibetan lama is also historically significant, as it marks the beginning of the Mongol-Tibetan alliance and a mass conversion of Mongols from traditional shamanism to Tibetan Buddhism.

  4. No. He is a religious leader and not a monarch. He is from a long line of reincarnated souls which hail from the Buddha!!
    You cannot compare the queen to HIM!!

  5. No.
    The Dalai Lama is a title, not a name. The current Dalai Lama (14th) is Tenzin Gyatso. He is a spiritual leader, and also the head of the exiled Tibetian government.
    They are not chosen by “lineage” in the traditional sense. The new one is chosen shortly after the previous Dalai lama dies. They are in search for the child who is the reincarnate of the last one. And he grows up in strict training for that position.

  6. His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalia Lama is believed to be the incarnation of the line of enlightened ones who are the spiritual leaders ( as well as the political leaders) of the now Chinese occupied nation of Tibet.
    His “lineage” would refer to the style of Tibetan Buddhism which he follows.
    He would also be considered a Bodhisattva, a being who has chosen to repeatedly return to and in the cycle of rebirths so as to assist all other beings reach the highest level of enlightenment to which they may attain.
    In his own words, His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalia Lama is, “a simple monk”.
    May it be well with you.

  7. The current Dalai Lama is the 14th reincarnation of the Buddhist spiritual leader. He is not a monarch or comes from a blood lineage.

  8. Dalai Lama is a title bestowed, not a name and they are not necessarily descended from a lineage. The monks usually will identify certain male kids with what seems to them are reincarnated from the previous Lama and these selected kids will undergo certain tests to see if any one of them display a similar pattern of skills, knowledge and piety of their predecessor. Once “proven” to be reincarnated, then they’ll go to the next phase of training this lucky kid to become the next Lama. These Lamas are not monarchs, but they are treated like one.

  9. The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader to the world’s Tibetans. Tibet is an anomaly in the world. Until the Commies burst over the mountains like a plague, it was a peaceful, quiet, theocracy. It had no civil government. The head lamas of the various lamaseries handled all problems with the populace. If they couldn’t they bumped it upstairs to one of the “big 3” lamas, the no. one of whom is the Dalai Lama.
    And no, it’s NOT a lineage in the accepted sense of the word.
    The head lamas are all held to be reincarnations of certain entities.
    When the Dalai Lama or any other head lama dies, a search is instituted for his reincarnated self. All male children under the age of 2 years are tested. 5 items are placed before the infants. One of those items was of particular value to the previous incarnation. If the child chooses that item he is hailed as the Lama and after his weaning (they nurse until 3 years) is taken to his head lamasery and there begins his life anew.
    I guess their method works. They’ve never had a war, never had a civil war, never had feuds with neighboring nations, never encroached upon others’ territory, never raised a ruckus among the world’s peoples.
    No matter their daily livings, the people of Tibet were spiritually oriented to a degree the rest of world could only marvel at.
    There are no curses in any human language sufficient to condemn the Chinese Communist Party who ordered the enslavement of this peaceful, gentle people and the destruction of their way of life.

  10. in a way but not biologically, it is a line of reincarnated Boddhisattvas, originating from Avalokiteshvara (kanon – japan, Chenrezig – Tibet, Quan Yin – China) the similare names is more traditional than anything it isn’t his birth name.


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