Rinpoche

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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.

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

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