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Rinpoche or Rimpoche (Tibetan: རིན་པོ་ཆེ་Wylie: rin po che; IPA: [rinˈpotʃe]) is an honorific used in Tibetan Buddhism. It literally means "precious one".[1]

Guru Rinpoche refers to Padmasambhava, the "Second Buddha", who brought Tantric Buddhism to Tibet. Je Rinpoche refers to Je Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug School.

List of Rinpoches

This is a list of some Rinpoches, teachers in Tibetan Buddhism:


^ - Rinpoche: Honorific title meaning "Precious One." It is frequently given to Buddhist Masters.


Simple English

Rinpoche is a title in Tibetan Buddhism which may be given to a religious teacher known as a lama. The word "Rinpoche" literally means "precious one".[1]

In Tibet and Bhutan, when used as "Guru Rinpoche" it refers to Padmasambhava, who first brought Tibetan Buddhism to the Himalayas. When used as "Je Rinpoche", it refers to Je Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug School.


  1. - Rinpoche: Honorific title meaning "Precious One."


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