His reincarnation is recognized by the Tibetan government. His recognition is being challenged by another sixth Reting Rinpoche who acts by the title of Reting Hutukthu; hutukthu equal to rinpoche and mainly in use in Mongolia.
Jigme stayed in Tibet when the Tibetan government went in exile in 1959 during the Tibetan diaspora. During the Cultural Revolution (1966–76) he was publicly denounced by the authorities because of his religion position. Next he was imprisoned for one year. Later he was rehabilitated and at the end of the seventies he was appointed to several official posts. Comparably with the 10th Panchen lama he was married and lived as a layman.