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Yabzhi Langdun refers to the family members of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, Tubten Gyatso. The custom of granting Yabzhi status to families of the Dalai Lamas began during the time of the Seventh Dalai Lama, Kelzang Gyatso. The head of each Yabzhi, usually the Dalai Lama's father, was ennobled with a title and granted an estate. Yabzhi Langdun was named for Tubten Gyatso's hometown of Langdun in Dakpo, where his father, Kunga Rinchen, had been a farmer prior to his son's recognition. The family lived in the Langdun Manor House.

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