Gelugpa is a sect of Tibetan Buddhism in China. In Tibetan, Gelug means good discipline, and the school emphasizes strict observance of the precepts, hence it's named. The monks of this school wear yellow hats, so they are also known as the Yellow Sect. Tradition holds that the 14th-century founder of the sect advised followers to wear yellow hats as an auspicious sign and a symbol of ethics and reform in response to the perceived lack of discipline in other sects. The Dalai Lama is the spiritual head of the Gelug-pa school.
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