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Title: Rinpoche  
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Subject: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Ganden Tripa, Namkhai Norbu, Sogyal Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse
Collection: Honorifics, Lamas, Rinpoches, Tibetan Buddhist Titles
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Rinpoche, also spelled Rimboche and Rinboqê (Tibetan: རིན་པོ་ཆེ་Wylie: rin-po-che, ZYPY: Rinboqê), is an honorific term used in the Tibetan language. It literally means "precious one", and may be used to refer to a person, place, or thing--like the words "gem" or "jewel" (Sanskrit Ratna).

The word is used in the context of Tibetan Buddhism as a way of showing respect when addressing those recognized as reincarnated, older, respected, notable, learned and/or an accomplished Lamas or teachers of the Dharma. It is also used as an honorific for abbots of monasteries.

See also


  • The New Tibetan-English Dictionary of Modern Tibetan by Melvyn C. Goldstein, Editor ISBN 0-520-20437-9

External links

  • entry in Rangjung Yeshe wiki.Rinpoche
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