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The Epic Of Gesar Of Ling

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The epic of Gesar has been the national treasure of Tibet for almost a thousand years. An open canon of tales about a superhuman warrior-king, the epic is still a living oral tradition, included on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This book is a translation of the beginning portion of this enormous corpus, covering all the events from Gesar’s divine conception to his human birth and mischievous childhood to his coronation as king of Ling. Born in the pure lands the son of two wisdom deities, Gesar takes rebirth in the human realm in order to defeat the demon kings who had taken over the empires of Asia and to thus liberate the people from suffering. His jealous uncle Trothung proves to be the first major threat to this goal, but Gesar outwits him every time using magic. In the last chapters of the book, he and Trothung’s son face off in a high-tension horse race to decide who will win the throne of Ling and the hand of the coveted Princess Drugmo in marriage.Gesar’s story is popularly read as an allegory, with Gesar representing the ideal of spiritual warriorship—that is, fearlessness in the face of obstacles on the path to enlightenment. Just as Gesar rides his flying steed, we too can ride the energy of dignity, confidence, and power that is inherent to us, subduing inner demons and claiming victory.
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Mongol Mythology

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The Warrior Song Of King Gesar

Author : Douglas J. Penick
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The Gesar epic encompasses a vast range of ancient Central Asian cultural and spiritual traditions. At its center, Gesar, King of Ling battles tirelessly in a world riven by greed, confusion, fear, and religious ambition to open pathways to an enlightened society. The Warrior Song of King Gesar follows the unbroken heritage of that warrior tradition and presents the saga of Gesar's life, from the hardships of his youth through his great battles against the demonic enemies of the four directions. This ever evolving epic tradition continues to inspire people in diverse societies by showing that, despite failures, an unsparing spiritual journey is integral to a secular life and that, despite defeats, such a quest is inseparable from working towards true social harmony. The Venerable Tulku Thondup's introduction is uniquely valuable for its profound scholarship and contains the only account in English of King Gesar's mind teachings. * "I hope that the wisdom, imagination, and humor with which Douglas Penick has conveyed both Gesar's story and the energy of his being will rouse unconditional confidence throughout the world." Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of Shambhala International, author of Making the Mind into an Ally, and Ruling Your World. "The Warrior Song of King Gesar maintains traditional Asian epic genres and conventions while simultaneously transforming them into a completely contemporary vehicle of expression. The book captures in a remarkable way the nomadic warrior traditions from which Gesar's inner life emerged while uncovering the personal reality hidden within them. This work then is not a 're-telling' of the Gesar saga, but an authentic continuation of that tradition which thus becomes available to modern audiences in new and provocative ways." Kidder Smith- former Professor of Chinese History at Bowdoin College, author of articles on the East Asian classics, lead translator in the Denma Translation Group's Sun Tzu's Art of War.
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The Song Of King Gesar

Author : Alai
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The first English translation of Tibet’s founding myth, written by the renowned Chinese poet, novelist, and winner of China’s Mao Dun Prize. The Song of King Gesar is one of the world’s great epics, as significant for Tibetans as the Odyssey and Iliad were for the ancient Greeks. Passed down in song from one generation to the next, it is sung by Tibetan bards even today. Set partly in ancient Tibet, where evil spirits mingle with the lives of humans, and partly in the modern day, the tale tells of two lives inextricably entwined. Gesar, the youngest and bravest of the gods, has been sent down to the human world as an infant king to defeat the demons that plague the lives of ordinary people. Jigmed is a young shepherd who is visited by dreams of Gesar, of gods, and of ancient battles while he sleeps. So begins an epic journey for both the shepherd and the king. Gesar grows from a willful child of the gods into the warrior-king of Ling, and will unite the nation of Tibet under his reign. Jigmed will learn to see his troubled country with new eyes and, as the storyteller chosen by the gods, must face his own destiny.
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Joro S Youth

Author : Igor de Rachewiltz
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The epic of King Gesar of Ling is the national oral epic of Tibet, sung by itinerant bards in their land for many centuries but not recorded in print until recent times. Spreading widely beyond Tibet, there are extant versions in other languages of Central Asia. The first printed version is from Mongolia, produced on the orders of the Kangxi emperor of the Manchu Qing dynasty in the early 18th century. In the process of transmission, the original saga lost much of its Tibetan flavour, and this Qing edition can be regarded as a genuine Mongolian work. Its hero, Geser Khan in Mongolian, became a folk-hero, later deified both in China and Mongolia. Geser’s mission is to save the world from endemic evil and strife, bringing peace to all. Although he himself is the son of a god, Geser as a human is unpredictable, romantic and funny, and many of his adventures belong to the picaresque. This translation of the first, and one of the longest, chapters of the epic covers his miraculous birth, his turbulent youth, and his marriage to the beautiful Rogmo Goa. It celebrates and commemorates the 300th anniversary of the printing of the epic in Peking in early 1716.
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Religion Myth And Folklore In The World S Epics

Author : Lauri Honko
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The series Religion and Society (RS) contributes to the exploration of religions as social systems – both in Western and non-Western societies; in particular, it examines religions in their differentiation from, and intersection with, other cultural systems, such as art, economy, law and politics. Due attention is given to paradigmatic case or comparative studies that exhibit a clear theoretical orientation with the empirical and historical data of religion and such aspects of religion as ritual, the religious imagination, constructions of tradition, iconography, or media. In addition, the formation of religious communities, their construction of identity, and their relation to society and the wider public are key issues of this series.
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Tibetan Buddhist Texts

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 67. Chapters: Bodhisattvacary?vat?ra, Madhyam?kala?k?ra, Epic of King Gesar, Tibetan Buddhist canon, Hevajra, Nyingma Gyubum, Shurangama Mantra, Terma, Bardo Thodol, Lamrim, Anuttarayoga Tantra, Anuyoga, Menngagde, Sheja Dz, Mahavairocana Tantra, Mahayoga, Nelug Dz, Semde, Kulayar?ja Tantra, Shedra, Charya tantra yana, Wylie transliteration, Mah?vyutpatti, Songs of realization, The Twilight Language, Samten Migdr n, Longde, Tantras, Kangyur, Madhyamak?vat?ra, Mahamaya-tantra, Outer Tantras, Profound Inner Meaning, Tattvasa?graha Tantra, Udanavarga, Pecha, Yogacarabhumi-sastra, Tert n, Ma ju?r?n?masamg?ti, Guhyasam?ja tantra, Freedom in Exile, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Nam Cho, Tengyur, The Dance of 17 Lives, Seven Treasuries, Tsigd n Dz, Nang Jang, Blue Annals, Vajrasekhara Sutra, Karma Lingpa, Yogatantra, The Art of Happiness, Robin Kornman, Buddhacarita, Trilogy of Natural Ease, The World of Tibetan Buddhism, Namtar, Inner Tantras, Lotsawa, Madhyanta-vibhaga-karika, Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo, Nyingtig Yabshi, Vimalaprabha, Dharma-dharmata-vibhaga, Jinamitra, Ma ju?r?-m?la-kalpa, Eight Lingpas, The Life of Orgyan Chokyi, Tegch Dz, Gsung-'bum, Chokling Tersar, Trilogy of Dispelling Darkness, Tattvasamgraha. Excerpt: Madhyamakalamkara (Sanskrit) Madhyam?kala?k?ra (IAST) (8th century CE) is a Buddhist text held to have been originally composed in Sanskrit by ntarak?ita (725-788) but extant in Tibetan. The Tibetan text was translated from the Sanskrit by Surendrabodhi (Wylie: lha dbang byang chub) and Yeshe De (Wylie: ye shes sde). In the short verse text of the Madhyam?kala?k?ra, ntarak?ita details his two truths philosophical synthesis of the conventional truth of Yogacara with the ultimate truth of the Madhyamaka with the assistance of Buddhist logic, with a protracted discussion of the argument of "neither one no...

Religion And Biography In China And Tibet

Author : Benjamin Penny
ISBN : 9781136113949
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The Chinese and Tibetan traditions value biography as a primary historiographical and literary genre. This volume analyses biographies as texts, taking seriously the literary turn in historical and religious studies and applying some of its insights to an understudied but central corpus of material in Chinese and Tibetan religion.
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Sources Of Tibetan Tradition

Author : Kurtis R. Schaeffer
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The most comprehensive collection of Tibetan works in a Western language, this volume illuminates the complex historical, intellectual, and social development of Tibetan civilization from its earliest beginnings to the modern period. Including more than 180 representative writings, Sources of Tibetan Tradition spans Tibet's vast geography and long history, presenting for the first time a diversity of works by religious and political leaders; scholastic philosophers and contemplative hermits; monks and nuns; poets and artists; and aristocrats and commoners. The selected readings reflect the profound role of Buddhist sources in shaping Tibetan culture while illustrating other major areas of knowledge. Thematically varied, they address history and historiography; political and social theory; law; medicine; divination; rhetoric; aesthetic theory; narrative; travel and geography; folksong; and philosophical and religious learning, all in relation to the unique trajectories of Tibetan civil and scholarly discourse. The editors begin each chapter with a survey of broader social and cultural contexts and introduce each translated text with a concise explanation. Concluding with writings that extend into the early twentieth century, this volume offers an expansive encounter with Tibet's exceptional intellectual heritage.
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Crossings On A Bridge Of Light The Songs And Deeds Of Gesar King Of Ling As He Travels To Shambhala Through The Realms Of Life And Death

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"Crossings On A Bridge of Light" is the first English rendition of a vibrant and pivotal episode in the Gesar of Ling epic. In this story, Gesar, King of Ling, moves between life and death to free his mother from the bonds of hell. He traverses the six realms of being and passes through the five traditional states (bardos). His journey reaches its apex in four visions of the enlightened rulers of the Kingdom of Shambhala. Gesar's inner journey, his encounters with a panoply of beings embodying the spontaneous presence of the awakened state, enable him to heal the doubts and divisions that have come to threaten his kingdom. This tale of how the vision of an enlightened society can be realized on this earth has inspired people for many centuries; it is equally powerful today. "The miraculous images of King Gesar dance so vividly on the pages of 'Crossings On A Bridge of Light' it's as if they were alive. It's beautiful!" -The Ven. Tulku Thondup, translator of many important Nyingma texts, author of "Healing Power of Mind," "Boundless Healing," and "Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth" "'Crossings On A Bridge of Life' is a treasure, a work of true inspiration. It demonstrates that the tradition of Gesar and his significance is not lost, and that singers may appear in any land or time. In relating Gesar's quest to liberate his mother from hell, it vividly brings to life the Buddhist teachings on the six realms, the cycle of bardos, the pure lands of the five transcendent Buddhas, and the inseparability of existence and awakening. The poetry of its language deeply touches the heart with compassion and opens the mind to the ever-present reality of the awakened state." -Dr. Francesca Fremantle, translator (with Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche) of "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" and author of "Luminous Emptiness"
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Epic Poems

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 89. Chapters: Poetic Edda, Epic of Gilgamesh, Kalevala, Ramcharitmanas, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, Khun Chang Khun Phaen, Epic of King Gesar, List of Kalevala translations, The Tale of Igor's Campaign, The Mountain Wreath, The Tale of Kieu, Philippine epic poetry, Nart saga, Savitri: A Legend and a Symbol, Story of Sinuhe, Poem of Almeria, The Seasons, Creation, Man and the Messiah, Pan Tadeusz, The Knight in the Panther's Skin, Daredevils of Sassoun, Zadonshchina, Elegast, Malay Annals, L pl sis, Halumatha Kuruba Purana, Terje Vigen, Biag ni Lam-ang, Henriade, Buile Shuibhne, Kutune Shirka, Benoit de Sainte-Maure, Daniel von dem bluhenden Tal, Epic of Darkness, The Tales of Ensign Stal, Dorvyzhy, David of Sasun, Roman de Rou, Adipurana, Klei khan Y Dam San, Roman de Brut, Shmuel-Bukh, The Death of Smail-aga engi, Song of Lawino, Sirat al-Zahir Baibars, Mastorava, L'Amadigi, L c Van Tien, Mlokhim-Bukh, The Lay of the Children of Hurin, Epic of Jangar, Basavarajavijaya, The Epic of Wo Bau-Sae, Prabhulingaleele, Basava purana, Channabasavapurana, Chivalric epic.


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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 39. Chapters: Bon in Bhutan, Dream yoga, Drenpa Namkha, Dzogchen, Epic of King Gesar, Ground of Being (Dzogchen), Henk Blezer, Iron Man (Buddhist statue), Kyunglung, Lopon Tenzin Namdak, Lung (Tibetan Buddhism), Machig Labdron, Menri Monastery, Nangzhik Gompa, Ngagpa, Prayer flag, Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen, Shenlha Okar, Simbiling Monastery, Tagzig Olmo Lung Ring, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche, Tsaparang, Yeshe Walmo, Zhangzhung, Zhang Zhung Meri. Excerpt: According to Tibetan Buddhism and Bon, Dzogchen (Rdzogs chen or Atiyoga) is the natural, primordial state or natural condition, and a body of teachings and meditation practices aimed at realizing that condition. Dzogchen, or "Great Perfection," is a central teaching of the Nyingma school also practiced by adherents of other Tibetan Buddhist sects. According to Dzogchen literature, Dzogchen is the highest and most definitive path to enlightenment. From the perspective of Dzogchen, the ultimate nature of all sentient beings is said to be pure, all-encompassing, primordial clarity or naturally occurring timeless clarity. This intrinsic clarity has no form of its own and yet is capable of perceiving, experiencing, reflecting, or expressing all form. It does so without being affected by those forms in any ultimate, permanent way. The analogy given by Dzogchen masters is that one's nature is like a mirror which reflects with complete openness but is not affected by the reflections, or like a crystal ball that takes on the colour of the material on which it is placed without itself being changed. The knowledge that ensues from recognizing this mirror-like clarity (which cannot be found by searching nor identified) is what Dzogchenpas refer to as rigpa. There is a fairly wide consensus among lamas of both the Nyingma and Sarma schools that the end state of dzogchen and...

Recalling Chogyam Trungpa

Author : Fabrice Midal
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In wide-ranging essays and interviews, contributors from the fields of Buddhist practice and scholarship, philosophy, the arts, and literature examine the work of a modern genius—the Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939–1987). A pioneer in introducing Buddhism to the West, Trungpa Rinpoche had a distinct knack for breaking down the cultural, historical, and ideological barriers that make any such transmission so difficult today. His skill at communicating in a living language to Western students, while remaining faithful to the traditional origins of Buddhism, was paired with an understanding of the modern world of unusual relevance. As a result, his activities in a wide range of areas—including psychology, education, theater, poetry, visual arts, translation, publishing, interreligious dialogue, the creation of a path of spiritual warriorship, and the founding of the first Buddhist university in North America—offer penetrating insights into the meaning of Buddhism for our world and our culture. This anthology is a testimony to the continuing influence of his unique qualities and work as a revitalizing force in spheres both spiritual and secular.
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Gesar Of Ling

Author : David Shapiro
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King Gesar was not an ordinary human being but rather a manifestation of the enlightened activity of all the buddhas, brought forth by the strength of their great compassion at a time of despair in the land of Tibet. Dating from the ninth century and with versions originating in many of the countries of Asia, Gesar’s story paints a detailed picture of the culture and life of the time. In this reflective and sometimes humorous retelling, David Shapiro shares the epic tale of Gesar’s birth, his rather rambunctious and troublesome early years, and his eventual ascendancy to become a heroic legend and leader of Tibet. It is filled with the ancient folk wisdom of Tibet and the guidance of Buddhism, relayed through proverbs, prose, and verse. It is a coming of age story and an epic tale that has the power to change one’s mind.
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The Superhuman Life Of Gesar Of Ling

Author : Alexandra David-Neel
ISBN : 9780834829244
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King Gesar, renowned throughout Tibet and Central Asia, represents the ideal warrior—the principle of all-victorious confidence. As the central force of sanity, he conquers all his enemies, the evil forces of the four directions, who turn people's minds away from the true teachings of Buddhism. These enemies graphically represent the different manifestations of cowardly mind. As Chögyam Trungpa explains in the Foreword: "When we talk here about conquering our enemy, it is important to understand that we are not talking about aggression. The genuine warrior does not become resentful or arrogant . . . It is absolutely necessary for the warrior to subjugate his own ambition to conquer at the same time that he is subjugating his other more obvious enemies. Thus the idea of warriorship altogether is that by facing all our enemies fearlessly, with gentleness and intelligence, we can develop ourselves thereby attaining self-realization." The legends of Gesar usually take weeks for a bard to recount. Filled with magic, adventure, and the triumphs of this great warrior-king, the stories will delight all—young and old alike.
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The Voice That Remembers

Author : Adhe Tapontsang
ISBN : 9780861716722
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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When Adhe Tapontsang--or Ama (Mother) Adhe, as she is affectionately known--left Tibet in 1987, she was allowed to do so on the condition that she remain silent about her twenty-seven years in Chinese prisons. Yet she made a promise to herself and to the many that did not survive: she would not let the truth about China's occupation go unheard or unchallenged. The Voice That Remembers is an engrossing firsthand account of Ama Adhe's mission and a record of a crucial time in modern Tibetan history. It will forever change how you think about Tibet, about China, and about our shared capacity for survival.
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Tibetan Folk Tales

Author : A. L. Shelton
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Gleaned from an ancient oral tradition, these imaginative, colorful, and wisdom-filled stories will delight children and adults alike. This collection includes the Tibetan myth of creation; some of the famous Jataka tales, or stories of former lives of the Buddha; and the most popular of all the time-honored legends of Tibet, the great epic of King Gesar of Ling, the warrior who became a national hero.


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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 54. Chapters: Argent Centre, Berkswell Hall, Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham Oratory, Blakesley Hall, Bond's Hospital, Church of SS Peter & Paul, Aston, Church of St. Edmund, Dudley, Church of the Ascension, Hall Green, College of Art, Balsall Heath, Council House, Birmingham, County Hall, Coventry, Drapers' Hall, Coventry, Dudley Zoo, Gas Retort House, Golden Cross, Coventry, Great Barr Hall, Highbury, Birmingham, Icknield Street School, King's Norton Stop Lock, King Edward's School, Birmingham, Kirby House, Coventry, Ladypool Junior & Infant School, Methodist Central Hall, Birmingham, Moat House, Sutton Coldfield, Molineux Hotel, Newman Brothers Coffin Furniture Factory, Pen Room, Perrott's Folly, Public Library and Baths, Balsall Heath, Red House Cone, Saracen's Head, Sheldon Hall, Singers Hill Synagogue, Small Heath School, Soho Foundry, Soho House, Spring Hill Library, St. Philip's School, Statue of Horatio Nelson, Birmingham, St Augustine's Church, Edgbaston, St Bartholomew's Church, Penn, St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, St Martin in the Bull Ring, St Mary's Church, Handsworth, St Mary's College, Oscott, The Bartons Arms, The Old Crown, Birmingham, The Pitman Vegetarian Hotel, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Low Level railway station. Excerpt: King Edward's School (KES) is an independent day school for boys in Edgbaston, an area of Birmingham, England. Founded by King Edward VI in 1552, it is part of the Foundation of the Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham, and is widely regarded as one of the most academically successful schools in the country, according to various league tables. It was ranked 7th for A-Level results and 20th for GCSE results, out of all schools in England in 2004. It is a boys' school, although it shares the site, and is twinned, with King Edward VI High School for Girls (KEHS), also one of the most academically successful schools in the UK. Whilst the two schools are run completely separately, dramatic arts, societies, music and other events are often shared. The school on New Street 1731-1834The Foundation was created on 2 January 1552 by Royal Charter of King Edward VI together with 20 per annum returned by The Crown for educational purposes. Five years earlier in 1547 the Act of Suppression, part of the wider Dissolution of the Monasteries, provided for the confiscation of all assets of religious guilds except an amount of land with an annual income of 21 (two thirds of the original lands) if the guild supported a school. The Guild of the Holy Cross in Birmingham had no school, but persuaded the Earl of Northumberland (also the lord of the manor of Birmingham) to release the land for the creation of a school. The charter of the free Grammer Schole of King Edward VI was issued on 2 January 1552, and the school came into being in the former guild building on New Street. By the 1680s there were neer 200 boys in the school and a Petty School (a feeder school) had been established by the foundation. The affairs of the school in the early part of the 18th Century were dominated by a quarrel between a governor and the headmaster, but this notwithstanding, a new Georgian inspired building was built on the New Street site between 1731 and 1734. In the latter part of the 18th Century

The Superhuman Life Of Gesar Of Ling

Author : Alexandra David-Néel
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1934. The Gesar of Ling Epic is the Iliad of Central Asia. The origin of the work has come under much discussion. Some declare it is Buddhist, others see in it a solar myth that symbolizes winter and spring. The version presented here was the result of the author having the opportunity to hear the story told by the wandering Rhapsodists and was then able to note down their recitations.
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