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Kunga wrote::soapbox: Nowadays 'Rinpoche' been appropriated by tulkus but it ain't necessarily so, as the song goes. A considerable number of such reincarnated lamas live indolent and pampered lifestyles and get away with failings in shedra where ordinary monks do not, and are sometimes unqualified to teach or give empowerments. This is often just seen as their birthright. This is a big bone of contention behind many gompa doors. I say this from my own experience, having lived and taught in a major labrang in India for some years.
When some of these cases are set free from shedra they can often be found prowling around Asia, Europe or the USA following the gravy train poured out by students who are taken in by the title 'Rinpoche' and throw money around with little discriminating awareness.
So, just because you see the title Rinpoche it's no guarantee of authenticity, even with Tibetans, let alone Westerners. Any unknown, sincere and diligent lama is just as worthy of the title Rinpoche than any tulku, if he or she teaches pure Dharma and gives you the authentic liberating instructions. This was the case in Tibet where students often called their teacher Rinpoche as an honorific, whether a tulku or not.
pemachophel wrote:You need to ask yourself who's Rinpoche (a Precious One) for you. IOW, your Rinpoche may not be my Rinpoche and vice versa.
gregkavarnos wrote:I think you are starting to shift into paranoia, you see a lot of the teachers that carry the titles of Khenchen and Lamchen, have actually earnt those titles through offical scholarly and practical effort. Many Rinpoche do actually deserve the title of "precious ones". Don't throw the baby out wih the bath water.
Harold wrote:Greg the professor you mentioned was he a professor or a great professor.
Harold Rinpoche or can I call myself RINPOCHEN ?