Definition of Rinpoche in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrinˈpäCHˈā/


(In Tibetan Buddhism) an incarnate lama or highly respected religious teacher (often used as an honorific title).
Example sentences
  • If the lama is a high Rinpoche or your own teacher, it is customary to prostrate three times upon arriving and once when leaving.
  • Like the Tibetan Rinpoches say: Treat your own mind with loving kindness, then you will be gentle with others.
  • These masters, known as ‘Rinpoches’, are at the heart of Tibetan Buddhist culture.


Tibetan, literally 'precious jewel'.

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Syllabification: Rin·po·che

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