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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 can mean:
- A precious gem, jewel, Ratna
- A precious substance
- A precious place
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.
- Rinpoches, partial list of a few spiritual teachers of past and present commonly addressed as Rinpoche.
- Tulku, someone who is recognized as the rebirth of a previous practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism.
- Mount Kailash is often called in the Tibetan language Gang Rinpoche.
- The New Tibetan-English Dictionary of Modern Tibetan by Melvyn C. Goldstein, Editor ISBN 0-520-20437-9