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rinpoche, "Rinpoche" literally means "the precious one in human kind".

A sampling of definitions may render help in understanding the more specific usage and religious implications of the title:

  • (Tib. = "Precious"). Honorific applied to reincarnate lamas and other highly respected persons.
  • (Tibetan rin-po-che) - literally, precious. A term of respect added to a lama’s name.
  • The title for an incarnate lama, meaning "Precious One" in Tibetan.
  • 'precious one' - a term of endearment used respectfully for Teachers and Gurus. It does not have a technical meaning or imply a ranking or level of hierarchy amongst lineage teachers.
  • Literally 'precious one'. Rinpoche is used as a respectful form of address to ones teacher. It is a mistaken assumption that the term Rinpoche indicates an incarnate Lama; although all incarnate Lamas are called Rinpoche by their students.
  • "Supremely precious," a title of respect normally reserved for highly revered incarnate masters


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