Rinpoche or Rinboqê (Tibetan: རིན་པོ་ཆེ་, Wylie: rin-po-che, ZYPY: Rinboqê) is an honorific used in Tibetan Buddhism. It literally means "precious one," and is used to address or describe Tibetan lamas and other high-ranking or respected teachers. This honor is generally bestowed on reincarnated lamas, or Tulkus, by default. In other cases it is earned over time, and often bestowed spontaneously by the teacher's students.
The documentary films The Reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche (1992) and Unmistaken Child (2008) document the lengthy procedure of searching for and finding the reincarnation, or tulku, of a Tibetan lama.
The documentary films Tulku (2009) and My Reincarnation (2010) document the existence and struggles of Tibetan Buddhist masters who have reincarnated in the West.