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... He had at least one sister, Demochok Tso (bde mchog 'tsho).

He learned to read and write from his father and from his uncle, Je Lobzang Choden Pel Zangpo (rje blo bzang chos ldan dpal bzang bo, d.u.), who previously served as abbot at Ngayul Gomang Mawai Sengge Ling, and was later abbot at Muge Tashi Khorlo (dmu dge'i bkra shis 'khor lo), which had been founded by Tsakho Ngawang Drakpa (tsha kho ngags dbang drags pa, d.u.)

When he turned eleven, with the encouragement of his grandfather, Sotar (bsod tar, d.u.) and uncle, Kongchok Dechen (dkon mchog bde chen, d.u.), he took novice ordination at Muge Tashi Khorlo from the Third Ponla, Lobzang Tenpai Nyima (dpon bla 03 blo bzang bstan pa'i nyi ma, 1895-1941), who gave him the name Lobzang Samten (blo bzang bsam gtan). ...

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