Ngawang Namgyal (later granted the honorific Zhabdrung Rinpoche, approximately “at whose feet one submits”)  alternate spellings include Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel; 1594–1651) and known colloquially as The Bearded Lama, was a Tibetan Buddhist lama and the unifier of Bhutan as a nation-state. In addition to unifying the various warring fiefdoms for the first time in the 1630s, he also sought to create a distinct Bhutanese cultural identity separate from the Tibetan culture from which it was derived.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngawang_Namgyal

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