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Umdzé (Wyl. dbu mdzad) or chant leader — one of the three principle positions in a monastery, with the gekkö and the chöpön. U means ‘head’ and mdzé means ‘to act’, or ‘to do’. Therefore, the umdzé is “one who carries out the activity, the one who is heading the rituals.”[1]


  1. Notes from Lama Umdzé Gyaltsen, Symbolisme dans les rituels
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