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DEFINITIONS OF ALL RELIGIOUS TERMS;
VIEW OF EVERY ARTICLE
SYSTEM OF DIVINITY;
ALL THE PRINCIPAL DENOMINATIONS
which have subsisted in the
THE BIRTH OF CHRIST TO THE PRESENT DAY.
AN ACCURATE STATEMENT
The most remarkable Transactions and Events
Recorded in Ecclesiastical History.
BY CHARLES BUCK.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
FIRST AMERICAN, FROM THE SECOND LONDON, EDITION.
PRINTED FOR W. W. WOODWARD,
NO. 52, CORNER OF CHESNUT AND SECOND STREETS, PHILADELPHIA.
ABADISTS were so called || common; that there is no suborin
the true church; that in reading the scriptures greater attention should be paid to the internal inspiration of the Holy Spirit than to the words of the text; that the observation of Sunday was a matHeter of indifference; that the contemplative life is a state of grace and union with God, and the very height of perfection.
LAITY, the people as distinguished from the clergy. See CLERGY.
badie, a native of France. He was originally in the Romish communion; but leaving that, he became a member of the reformed church, and performed with reputation the ministerial function in France, Switzerland, and Holland. at length erected a new community, which resided successively at Middleburg, in Zealand, Amsterdam, Hervorden, and at Altona, where he died about 1674. After his death, his followers removed their wandering community to Wiewert, in the district of North Holland, where it soon fell into oblivion. If we are to judge of the Labadists by their own account, they did not differ from the re-rampooter, about seven miles from formed church so much in their tenets and doctrines as in their manners and rules of discipline; yet it seems that Labadie had some strange notions. Among other things, he maintained that God might and did, on certain occasions, deceive men; that the faithful ought to have all things in
LAMA-GRAND, a name given to the sovereign pontiff or high priest of the Thibetian Tartars, who resides at Patoli, a vast palace on a mountain near the banks of Ba
Lahassa. The foot of this mountain is inhabited by twenty thousand lamas, or priests, who have their separate apartments round about the mountain, and according to their respective quality are placed nearer or at a greater distance from the sovereign pontiff. He is not only worshipped by the
Thibetians, but also is the great || hundred in his pay. Besides his
religious influence and authority, the grand lama is possessed of unlimited power throughout his dominions, which are very extensive. The inferior lamas, who form the most numerous as well as the most powerful body in the state, have the priesthood entirely in their hands; and besides fill up many monastic orders which are held in great veneration among them. The whole country, like Italy, abounds with priests; and they entirely subsist on the great number of rich presents which are sent them from the utmost extent of Tartary, from the empire of the Great Mogul, and from almost all parts of the Indies.
object of adoration for the various tribes of heathen Tartars who roam through the vast tract of continent which stretches from the banks of the Wolga to Correa, on the sea of Japan. He is not only the sovereign pontiff, the viceregent of the Deity on earth, but the more remote Tartars are said to absolutely regard him as the Deity himself, and call him God, the everlasting Father of heaven. They believe him to be immortal, and endowed with all knowledge and virtue. Every year they come up from different parts to worship and make rich offerings at his shrine: even the emperor of China, who is a mancnon Tartar, does not fail in acknowledgments to him in his religious capacity; and actually entertains at a great expence, in the palace of Pekin, an inferior lama, deputed as his nuncio from Thibet. The grand lama, it has been said, is never to be seen but in a secret place of his palace, amidst a great number of lamps, sitting cross-legged on a cushion, and decked all over with gold and precious stones, where at a distance the people prostrate themselves before him, it not be ing lawful, for any, so much as to kiss his feet. He returns not the least sign of respect, nor ever speaks even to the greatest princes; but only lays his hand upon their heads, and they are fully per-and Japanese, and the Monguls, suaded they receive from thence and Kalmucks, who changed the a full forgiveness of all their religion of Schamanism for the worship of the grand lama. AcThe Sunniasses, or Indian pil-cording to the doctrine of this megrims, often visit Thibet as a holy tempsychosis, the soul is always in place; and the lama always en-action, and never at rest; for no tertains a body of two or three sooner does she leave her old ha
The opinion of those who are reputed the most orthodox among the Thibetians is, that, when the grand lama seems to die, either of old age or infirmity, his soul, in fact, only quits a crazy habitation, to look for another, younger or better; and is discovered again in the body of some child by certain tokens, known only to the lamas or priests, in which order he always appears.
Almost all nations of the east, except the Mahometans, believe the metempsychosis as the most important article of their faith; especially the inhabitants of Thibet and Ava, the Peguans, Siamese, the greatest part of the Chinese
bitation, than she enters a new one. The dalai lama, being a divine person, can find no better lodging than the body of his successor; or the Foe, residing in the dalai lama, which passes to his successor: and this being a god, to whom all things are known, the dalai lama is therefore acquainted with every thing which happened during his residence in his former body.
to the dictates of his religion, dwells in divine tranquillity in a building that is both temple and palace. If some of his votaries in modern times have dispensed with the adoration of his person, still certain real modifications of the Shaka religion is the only faith they follow. The state of sanctity which that religion inculcates, consists in monastic continence, absence of thought, and the perfect repose of nonentity.
This religion is said to have been of three thousand years It has been observed that the standing; and neither time, nor religion of Thibet is the counthe influence of men, has had the terpart of the Roman Catholic, power of shaking the authority of since the inhabitants of that counthe grand lama. This theocracy try use holy water and a singing extends as fully to temporal as to service: they also offer alms, spiritual concerns. prayers, and sacrifices for the Though, in the grand sovereign- dead. They have a vast number ty of the lamas, the temporal pow-of convents filled with monks and er has been occasionally separated from the spiritual by slight revolutions, they have always been united again after a time; so that in Thibet the whole constitution rests on the imperial pontificate in a manner elsewhere unknown. For as the Thibetians suppose that the grand lama is animated by the god Shaka, or Foe, who at the decease of one lama transmigrates into the next, and consecrates him an image of the divinity, the descending chain of lamas is continued down from him in fixed degrees of sanctity; so that a more firmly established sacerdotal government, in doctrine, customs, and institutions, than actually reigns over this country, cannot be conceived. The supreme manager of temporal affairs is no more than the viceroy of the sovereign priest, who, conformable
friars, amounting to thirty thou-
LAMPETIANS, a denomination in the seventeenth century, the followers of Lampetius, a Syrian monk. He pretended that as man is born free, a Christian, in order to please God, ought to do nothing by necessity; and that it is, therefore, unlawful to make