lama (n.) Look up lama at Dictionary.com
"Buddhist priest of Mongolia or Tibet," 1650s, according to OED from Tibetan blama "chief, high priest," with silent b-. Related: Lamaism; lamarchy. Lamasery "Buddhist monastery" (1867) is from French lamaserie, perhaps a word invented in French, as if from Persian sarai "an inn" (see caravanserai).