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The Je Khenpo ("The Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body of Bhutan"), formerly called the Dharma Raj by orientalists, is the title given to the senior religious hierarch of Bhutan. [1]

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Bhutan (Dzongkha Dru Ü), officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas.

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Buddhism in Bhutan

Buddhism is the major religion in Bhutan.

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Constitution of Bhutan

The Constitution of Bhutan (Dzongkha: འབྲུག་གི་རྩ་ཁྲིམས་ཆེན་མོ་; Wylie: 'Druk-gi cha-thrims-chen-mo) was enacted 18 July 2008 by the Royal Government of Bhutan.

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Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is a monk of the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" school of Tibetan Buddhism, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism founded by Je Tsongkhapa.

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Dratshang Lhentshog

The Dratshang Lhentshog (Dzongkha:; Wylie: grwa-tshang lhan-tshogs) is the Commission for the Monastic Affairs of Bhutan.

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Druk Desi

The Druk Desi (Dzongkha: འབྲུག་སྡེ་སྲིད་; Wylie: 'brug sde-srid; also called "Deb Raja")The original title is Dzongkha: སྡེ་སྲིད་ཕྱག་མཛོད་; Wylie: sde-srid phyag-mdzod.

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Druk Gyalpo

The Druk Gyalpo (Dzongkha: འབྲུག་རྒྱལ་པོ་; Wylie: 'brug rgyal-po; "Dragon King") is the head of state of Bhutan.

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Drukpa Lineage

The Drukpa Lineage, or simply Drukpa, sometimes called either Dugpa or "Red Hat sect" in older sources, by Alexandra David-Néel.

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Dual system of government

The Dual System of Government is the traditional diarchal political system of Tibetan peoples whereby the Desi (temporal ruler) coexists with the spiritual authority of the realm, usually unified under a third single ruler.

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Gendün Rinchen

Gendün Rinchen (1926-1997), was the 69th Je Khenpo of Bhutan.

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A kabney (Dzongkha: བཀབ་ནེ་; Wylie: bkab-ne) is a silk scarf worn as a part of the gho, the traditional male costume in Bhutan.

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The Kagyu, Kagyü, or Kagyud school, also known as the "Oral Lineage" or Whispered Transmission school, is today regarded as one of six main schools (chos lugs) of Himalayan or Tibetan Buddhism, the other five being the Nyingma, Sakya, Jonang, Gelug and Bon.

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The term khenpo (Tib. མཁན་པོ་ mkhen po) is a spiritual degree given in Tibetan Buddhism.

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Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress, but which is the de facto national library of the United States.

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List of rulers of Bhutan

Bhutan was founded and unified as a country by Ngawang Namgyal, 1st Zhabdrung Rinpoche in the mid–17th century.

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Mahasiddha (Sanskrit: mahāsiddha "great adept) is a term for someone who embodies and cultivates the "siddhi of perfection".

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Maitreya (Sanskrit), Metteyya (Pali), Maitri (Sinhalese), Jampa or Di-lặc (Vietnamese), is regarded as a future Buddha of this world in Buddhist eschatology.

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A monarchy is a form of government in which sovereignty is actually or nominally embodied in one or several individual(s) reigning until death or abdication.

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Ngawang Namgyal

Ngawang Namgyal (later granted the honorific Zhabdrung Rinpoche, approximately at whose feet one submits) (alternate spellings include Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel; 1594–1651) was a Tibetan Buddhist lama and the unifier of Bhutan as a nation-state.

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Panchen Lama

The Panchen Lama (THL Penchen Lama), or Panchen Erdeni (THL Penchen Erténi), is the highest ranking lama after the Dalai Lama in the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, the lineage which controlled western Tibet from the 16th century until the Battle of Chamdo and the subsequent 1959 Tibetan uprising.

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Saraha (सरह), Sarahapa (सरहपा), or Sarahapāda (सरहपाद) (circa 8th century CE), originally known as Rāhula or Rāhulbhadra, was the first sahajiya and one of the Mahasiddhas, and is considered to be one of the founders of Buddhist Vajrayana, and particularly of the Mahamudra tradition.

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A tertön is a discoverer of ancient texts or terma in Tibetan Buddhism.

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Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism is the body of religious doctrine and institutions characteristic of Buddhism in Tibet, Mongolia, Tuva, Bhutan, Kalmykia, Buryatia and certain regions of the Himalayas, including northern Nepal, and India (particularly in Arunachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Dharamsala, Lahaul and Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim).

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A tulku (also tülku, trulku) is a custodian of a specific lineage of teachings in Tibetan Buddhism who is given empowerments and trained from a young age by students of his predecessor.

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Vajrayāna is also known as Tantric Buddhism, Tantrayāna, Mantrayāna, Secret Mantra, Esoteric Buddhism, Diamond Way, Thunderbolt Way, or the Indestructible Way is a complex and multifaceted system of Buddhist thought and practice which has evolved over several centuries.

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Wangdue Phodrang Province

Wangdue Phodrang Province (Dzongkha: དབང་འདུས་ཕོ་བྲང་; Wylie: dbang-'dus pho-brang) was one of the nine historical Provinces of Bhutan.

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Zhabdrung Rinpoche

Zhabdrung (also Shabdrung;; "before the feet of"), was a title used when referring to or addressing great lamas in Tibet, particularly those who held a hereditary lineage.

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Je Khempo, Je-Khenpo, Rje Mkhan-po, རྗེ་མཁན་པོ.


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Je_Khenpo

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