The "sun-like" disciple of Milarepa and author of The Jewel Ornament of Liberation; also known as "The Physician from Dakpo"; guru of the first Karmapa.
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Glossary terms for "G"
The first of the three great Gelugpa monastic universities near Lhasa, founded in 1409 by Lama Tsongkhapa. It was badly damaged in the 1960s and has now been re-established in exile in south India.
"Holder of the Throne of Ganden," Lama Tsongkhapa's representative, head of the Gelug tradition.
A celestial musician, often depicted holding a sitar-like instrument and having a horse’s head.
Perfume; one of the offering substances.
A torma offering to harmful spirits or negative forces, often done at the beginning of an initiation.
A disciplinarian in a Tibetan monastery.
A Gelug lama and lharampa geshe from Drepung Monastery, Gelek Rimpoche was born in Tibet and was a friend of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Gelek Rimpoche was the founder and president of the Jewel Heart Dharma centers and programs. He passed away in 2017.
A probationary nun, between the novice (Tib: getsulma) with 36 vows and the fully-ordained nun (Tib; gelongma) with 364 vows.
A fully ordained Buddhist monk.
Literally, elder. A title of respect.
An ascetic meditator who was a close friend of Lama Yeshe and a guru of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
The first Dalai Lama.
The second Dalai Lama.
Literally, a virtuous friend; derived from the Tibetan ge wä she nyen. The title conferred on those who have completed extensive studies and examinations at Gelug monastic universities. The highest level of geshe is the lharampa.
In Tibetan Buddhism, a meditation that reviews the overall points of a broad lamrim subject, rather than going into detail.