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The Je Khenpo is the seniormost religious authority in Bhutan, responsible for the Dratsang Lhentsok, or Commission for the Monastic Affairs. They are appointed to their positions and are responsible for overseeing monastic education, managing religious institutions, acting in an advisory position to the leader of the country, and conducting rituals necessary for the protection and perpetuation of the Bhutanese state. Since the First Je Khenpo, Pekar Jungne, seventy Je Khenpo have served Bhutan. The current Je Khenpo, Jigme Chodra, has held this post since 1996.


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