ONLINE 2023 Event Schedule

Summary of Online Events

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Events to come in 2023
 Online Retreats Require Registration

*Yamantaka Drupchen / February 15 – 20
ONLINE ONLY


Donations

We offer all our live-stream Dharma programs for free. If you would like to make a donation to Garchen Buddhist Institute it would be greatly appreciated. Your donations will be used to help support the Institute in its various offerings and activities for the benefit of all beings.

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Perfection of Patience

The Supreme Peace

 with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

Februray 4, 10:30am-12pm MST (UTC-7)

Hosted by Drikung Dharma Surya Center

For more information contact drikungdharmasurya@gmail.com

Medicine Buddha Puja

To Help End The Pandemic

Garchen Institute Lamas

Next practice: January 29
10am – 12pm MST (UTC-7)

Message from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

To all my dharma friends in the world,

I request you all to begin the accumulation of 100 million Medicine Buddha mantras on the occasion of H.H.  the Drikung Kyabgon Chokyi Nangwa’s 80th Birthday Celebration. 

Also now it seems that unless we perform many strong pujas and practices it will be very difficult to stop the pandemic in the world.  And if we cannot stop it, then a lot of precious human lives get wasted and it’s very difficult to end it because of the karma and obscurations of sentient beings.  If we were to recite 100 million Medicine Buddha mantras that would help bring an end to the pandemic.

 In brief anyone who wishes to stop the spread of this deadly disease should recite the Medicine Buddha mantra.  It doesn’t matter what lineage or faith you practice or who you are – the person or the lineage makes no difference.  When you recite the Medicine Buddha mantra then ideally you will not get the disease and even if you get it, you will not die from it. So that is how the mantra recitation makes a difference. So please keep this in mind. 

When you submit your mantra accumulations it is like putting money in your bank. If you only have your personal bank account the interest that is earned is small. However by everyone submitting their mantras together it is like putting all our money in the same bank account and then more interest is earned and the merit becomes much more powerful.

Some people do not know how to dedicate their virtuous activites. However if you submit your mantras all together, then your merit will be dedicated properly and never be exhausted. Just like a small river can dry up but a vast ocean will never dry up.

The Garchen Institute will host a Medicine Buddha Puja once a month.

Be sure to keep submitting your mantra accumulations!

Calling on the worldwide sangha to come together to help extinquish the pandemic!

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Texts / Resources

  • Gar  Monastery Blessed Gong  Audio
  • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers
  • Medicine Buddha Sadhana – A Deep Blue Stream of Lapis Lazuli
  • Serkhama Prayer
  • Rainfall of Benefit and Happiness
  • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayer

Gar Monastery Blessed Gong Audio
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Yellow Prayer Book (2022 new version)
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Medicine Buddha Sadhana
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Serkhangma Prayer
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Rainfall of Benefit and Happiness
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Blue Prayer Book
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For links to translations in Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Polish & Spanish
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Medicine Buddha Mantra Accumulation

Q&A with Garchen Rinpoche

Arya Tara Practice
for H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s Long Life

with the Garchen Institute Lamas

Next livestream session: January 24
8am -9am MST (UTC-7)

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Texts

We will use the texts in the following order:

  • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers
  • White Tara Sadhana,
  • with Praise of 21 Taras insert (replacing pages 24 – 39 of the sadhana)
  • with Benefits of 21 Praises of Tara
  • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayer
  • Yellow Prayer Book – long life prayers

Yellow Prayer Book (new 2022 version):
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White Tara Sadhana:
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Praise of the 21 Taras
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Benefits of Praises to 21 Taras
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Blue Prayer Book:
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White Tara

Jewel Ornament of Liberation

with
Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

Next class: January 24
10am – 12pm MST (UTC-7)

Next Question and Answer session: TBA
1:30pm – 2:45pm MST (UTC-7)
Click here to login to Zoom session
ID : 218 378 3697
Password: Ratna88

We are delighted to offer a new online teaching series on this invaluable teaching by Gampopa, the father of the Kagyu tradition in Tibet and principal disciple of Jestun Milarepa. 

“For more than eight centuries, this text has provided a complete foundation for Buddhist study and practice – covering the initial entry into the path and continuing through to the achievement of Buddhahood. It includes teachings on Buddha-nature, finding a spiritual master, impermanence, karma, the cultivation of bodhicitta, the development of the six perfections, the ten Bodhisattva bhumis, Buddhahood, and the activities of a Buddha.”

Gampopa masterfully outlines the entire path to enlightenment, speaking to practitioners at all levels, whether you are just beginning or have been studying and practicing for many years!. His timeless advice is remarkably relevant in today’s challenging world. 

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin’s clear and inspired explanations will illuminate the meaning of this profound text and guide us on to how to practice these precious instructions. The English translation used by Venerable Khenpo Tenzin is Ornament of Precious Liberation translated by Ken Holmes and can be purchased here. Purchase of the text is optional.

Each Tuesday Khenpo Tenzin will teach from 10am -12pm. We encourage you to email your questions after each class during the week to registration@garchen.net. Only when another event is scheduled will the Tuesday class be postponed. Be sure to check the specific class dates below.

Khenpo Tenzin will answer the questions in a zoom session on some Sunday afternoons from 2pm – 3pm. See dates listed below. 

SCHEDULE
Tuesday 10am -12pm /Jewel Ornament of Liberation
Sunday 1:30pm -3pm / Zoom Questions and Answers sessions dates – May 15
Log in information for the zoom sessions/ Questions and Answers
ID : 218 378 3697
Password: Ratna88

DONATIONS
We are offering all of our online dharma programs for free. However we are only able to do so because of the generosity of the sangha. Donations cover the offerings to Khenpo Tenzin and costs to provide this programing. Donations of any size are gratefully accepted.

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Join us for this excellent opportunity to deepen
your Dharma knowledge, understanding and experience.

MAY ALL BEINGS BENEFIT!

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White Tara

Meditation Series on
Mindfulness

with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

 Next Class: January 22
3pm -4pm MST (UTC-7)

Classes Every Sunday
when there is no other event

(Click here to check calendar)

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Arya Tara and
Jangchok of the Living

with
the Garchen Institute Lamas

Next session  – February 5

10am -12pm MST (UTC-7)

White Tara

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Texts

Each Sunday we will use the texts in the following order:

  • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers
  • White Tara Sadhana with inserts OR Lama Chöpa
  • Weekly Additional Practice –
    here we will practice one of the texts marked with an *
  • Summoning Good Fortune
  • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayer
  • Yellow Prayer Book – long life prayers

Yellow Prayer Book:
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White Tara Sadhana:
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Praise of the 21 Taras
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Benefits of Praises to 21 Taras
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* Dharma Protectors (Dharmapalas):
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* Lama Chopa
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* Lama Chopa – Chinese
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*Serkhangma Prayer
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* Burning Away Afflictions (Jangchok for the Living and/or the Dead):
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Dzambala – Summoning Good Fortune
(page 63 of this text):
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Blue Prayer Book:
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White Tara

 Manjushri YAMANTAKA
Retreat

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
and Garchen Institute Lamas

February 15 to February 20, 2023

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 “Practicing Manjushri Yamantaka will bring immense benefit to your country! “
~ H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

As we still find ourselves in unprecedented conditions, this year’s Yamantaka empowerment and retreat will be online. We have adjusted the way in which we will offer this retreat online since it is not possible to do a traditional drubchen. H.E. Garchen Rinpoche has specifically instructed exactly how this retreat will be shared online.

The Yamantaka drubchen, traditionally held near the end of the Tibetan year, is conducted in order to cleanse all obstacles not only for oneself, but for every being in the world. This cleansing is most easily accomplished at this time of the year and helps to decrease suffering and increase peace. The deity practiced in this drubchen is very wrathful and powerful, and thus the practice must be done with great care. 

In the past in Tibet this drubchen was only open to those who had taken vows of ordination and who had completed the common preliminary practices as well as the particular preliminary practices of Yamantaka. It is thus asked that those who participate prepare by accumulating refuge and Vajrasattva mantras, taking refuge and purifying one’s mindstream as much as possible prior to the retreat. One of the main traditional prerequisites for participating in the Yamantaka Drubchen is to have accumulated 600,000 Peaceful Manjushri mantras (OM WAM GI SHWARI MUM) before attending your first Drubchen. 

If you have already done this accumulation for a prior Yamantaka Drubchen, it is not necessary to do it again. If you have not done this accumulation, Garchen Rinpoche asks that you try to complete at least 100,000 mantras before the drubchen starts. If you are unable to accomplish this, Rinpoche asks that you accumulate as many of the mantras prior to the start as possible and then finish the accumulation no later than one year from the date the drubchen ends. The fruition of the Yamantaka drubchen is not attained unless the Manjushri accumulation is completed as Garchen Rinpoche indicates.

* It is not necessary to receive a lung transmission of the Peaceful Manjushri practice before engaging in the mantra accumulation. 

The practice sessions will be conducted from 9am – 5pm each day with breaks. Check our website later for the specific schedule that will be posted soon.

Garchen Rinpoche has always said, the more effort you put into the practice, the more results will come. 

The following is recommended:  No speaking during the retreat other than the mantra recitation and the recitation of the text. The more you can maintain retreat conditions, eliminating distractions, the more benefit there will be.

Registration is now open CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

ONLINE Yamantaka Retreat Description

Garchen Rinpoche has instructed that only the Protection portion of the Yamantaka sadhana will be practiced for this retreat.  A video of footage from past drubchens has been created according to Garchen Rinpoche’s precise specifications for the online stream. The sessions will be chanted in Tibetan language only and have the page numbers on the video screen to help you track page turning. The partial sadhana is available in three languages – Tibetan, Chinese and English on February 15th for those who have registered. 

Garchen Rinpoche is encouraging people to attend the entire retreat but if that is not possible, partial attendance is permitted. If you cannot practice at the same time of the live stream, Rinpoche says that it is possible to tune in when your schedule allows. This is a noticeably different structure compared to past Yamantaka drubchens.

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche has given this specific message on January 19, 2021 regarding his view on this subject:

“Tashi Delek to my Dharma friends,

This year whatever we put online on our YouTube channel is available for anyone’s participation, even for the Yamantaka retreat. There are no restrictions. Why? For the Buddha, there was no difference between nationality or religions because all sentient beings are really Buddhas, they are only obscured by temporary stains. When these temporary stains are removed then beings are actual Buddhas. It just depends on whether or not we have fixating thoughts in our mind. 

Lord Jigten Sumgon had said that whoever grasps at any philosophical school is an ordinary person. Actually any philosophical school is just illusory because whoever has a mind has the Buddha within them. Therefore all sentient beings possess the cause of awakening and if they want to become a Buddha, they can. For this reason whatever is online or on livestream, is not restricted. Anybody can take whatever they want and look at whatever they want and for however long they want. I encourage you to do this. This is the Buddha’s instruction.”

DONATIONS
Other ways of sharing the merit with retreat participants include:

1. Sending monetary donations in honor of living or deceased loved ones and friends

All names submitted by our sponsors will be kept on the shrine throughout the practice. Click here to add a name

Monetary and other donations will be gratefully received at: Garchen Institute, P.O. Box 4318, Chino Valley, AZ 86323. Monetary donations may also be made on our website using this link: CLICK TO DONATE

*** Please indicate that the donation is for Yamantaka Retreat.***

If you have any questions, send an email to registration@garchen.net 

 Year-round Nyungne / Nyingne Practice

Led by Venerable Lama Bu Nima

February 4-6, 2023

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche has given this specific message regarding the Nyungne practice series:

“Geshe Ngawang Phuntsok Rinpoche said: “The Nyungne ritual is simple but has great benefits.” As said in The Benefits of the Mahayana Sojong Vows, “Completing this practice even just once, one could take rebirth in the human or god realm; one could gain a precious human body that leads to temporary happiness and, ultimately, to enlightenment.”

This practice is now available online, and those who join may receive great merits.

Lama Bu Nima attended the first Nyungne I led in Gargon in 1982, and he has done many more since. He continues to conduct this practice in the traditional way. And now he is responsible for leading this monthly Nyungne retreat.”

This event is hosted by Garchen Dharma Society (GDS)

 Registration closes one week prior for each NyungNe/NyingNe Retreat.

SCHEDULE FOR 2023

January 5 -7
February 4 -6
March 6 -8
April 4-6

DONATIONS

To make offerings to Lama Bu Nima click here , choose general donation and indicate in the note box that it is a pass through offering for Lama Bu Nima.  (Pass through offerings to individuals are not tax deductible)

To make offerings to Ani Dagme go to paypal and use this name to send her offerings: @namoguru

To make an offering to Garchen Dharma Society (GDS)  please email them directly for instructions. GDSNyungNe@gmail.com

To make an offering to Garchen Buddhist Institute click here.  All donations are tax deductible.

All Donations are greatly appreciated and allow us to continue to offer Dharma programs for free.

Red Chenrezig Retreat

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche teaching: March 4-5, 10am-12pm MST (UTC-7)
Entire Retreat: March 3-7, 2023

Register at info@drikungseattle.org

Hosted by Drikung Seattle Center.

 

In the Tantra of the Lotus King Mahakarurika it is said, “Every buddha of the three times [is realized] by cultivating a single body mandala. Thus, the form of Guardian Avalokita is the one in whom every buddha has gathered. By visualizing and remembering him, obscurations from even the acts without interval are made pure.”

 ONLINE SUNDAY PRACTICES

Sunday Practice with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas
10am – 12pm

Guided Meditation Series with
Venerable Khenpo Tenzin
3:00 -4:00pm

This Sunday program is only available when there is not another event scheduled at the Institute.
Click our Event Calendar for more clarity on the schedule. 

Each Sunday we will do a different practice on a rotating basis. That rotation will look like this:

  •  Arya Tara & Jangchok for the Living (Burning Away Afflications, prayers for the living)
  •  Arya Tara & Jangchok for the Dead (Burning Away Afflications, prayers for the dead)
  •  Lama Chopa and Dharmapalas (Dharma protectors)
  •  Arya Tara & Jangchok for the Living and so forth.

Click the Texts for Sunday Practicenbelow to view or download all the texts you will need.

To submit names for the Jangchok for the Living or the Dead, please email your list of names to: dedications@garchen.net

  • Please group your names by Living or Dead, clearly stated.
  • Names are listed by commas or semicolons if needed, for example:  Jane Smith, Julio Lopez, Pham Duc Lam… it helps us tremendously if you list your dedication names similarly.
  • You are welcome to submit names in your native language character or type.
  • Dates, locations, relationship are not included in the list

Thank you so much. May all beings benefit, and be relieved of suffering and its causes!

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All Texts for Sunday Practice

Each Sunday we will use the texts in the following order:

  • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers
  • White Tara Sadhana with inserts OR Lama Chöpa
  • Weekly Additional Practice –
    here we will practice one of the texts marked with an *
  • Summoning Good Fortune
  • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayer
  • Yellow Prayer Book – long life prayers

Yellow Prayer Book:
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White Tara Sadhana:
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Praise of the 21 Taras
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Benefits of Praises to 21 Taras
View
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* Dharma Protectors (Dharmapalas):
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* Lama Chopa
View
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* Lama Chopa – Chinese
View
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*Serkhangma Prayer
View
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* Burning Away Afflictions (Jangchok for the Living and/or the Dead):
View
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Dzambala – Summoning Good Fortune
(page 63 of this text):
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Blue Prayer Book:
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 Cakrasamvara Empowerment, Teachings
Drupcho

Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche
and
Garchen Institute Lamas

Drupcho: July 2 – 9, 2022

Cakrasamvara Drupcho: Empowerment, Teachings and Practice

Cakrasamvara is highest yoga tantra practice in the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition.  Cakrasamvara is the main yidam of all Kagyu lineages, and the central deity practiced in the Fivefold Path of Mahamudra of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. Cakrasamvara is centered around using bliss and emptiness to recognize and rest in our true nature or Buddha essence.

 It is the path that has been relied upon by the hundred of siddhas of India and Tibet. It is the swift path for those with faith, diligence, and wisdom. It is the heart nectar of the Buddha’s teachings.

Yidam practice is a very special tantric path in which one transforms one’s normal, samsaric experience of reality into an extraordinary experience of the true state of all phenomena.

Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will bestow the profound Cakrasamvara empowerment, lead practice sessions and give teachings.

Cakrasamavara practice sessions will be led by Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and the Garchen Institute Lamas. 

Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a master teacher of the Cakrasamvara practice and three-year retreat master at the Garchen Institute. Click Here for longer bio.

REQUIRED COMMITTMENT

Anyone who wants to receive the Cakrasamvara empowerment and do the practice must commit to the samaya. The samaya is to never lose your love and to recite 100,000 Cakrasamvara mantras in your lifetime. The mantra for accumulation

ༀ་ཤྲཱི་བཛྲ་ཧེ་ཧེ་རུ་རུ་ཀཾ་ཧུཾ་ཧཱུྂ་ཕཊ་ཌཱ་ཀི་ནཱི་ཛཱ་ལ་སཾ་ཝ་རཾ་སྭཱ་ཧཱ།

OṀ ŚRĪ VAJRA HE HE RU RU KAṂ HUṂ HŪṀ PHAṬ ḌĀKINĪ JĀLA SAṂVARAṂ SVĀHĀ

EMPOWERMENT

You will need a blindfold. Typically a red cloth, wide enough to cover your eyes and hook over each ear is used.

ATTENDANCE

This online retreat was recorded and is available on an ongoing basis. Click here for required registration.

Cakrasamvara empowerment and practice sessions on YouTube, mantra recordings, and texts are available only to those who have registered for the retreat. Video links will be emailed to you for full access.

DONATIONS

We are offering all of our online dharma programs for free. However we are only able to do so because of the generosity of the sangha. The suggested donation of $175 for the Cakrasamvara Drupcho retreat will help cover the offerings to Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche and costs to provide this programing. Please know that this is only a suggestion and donations of any size are gratefully accepted.  Click to Donate

Annual Secret Accomplishment Practice of

VAJRAKILAYA 

Teachings and Drupcho

Recording with 

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche
Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche
Lama Thubten Nyima
Garchen Institute Lamas

Recorded November 13 -17, 2021

OPEN FOR ONGOING REGISTRATION

Throughout time and space, Buddhas annd Bodhisattvas have been called to initiate the hearts and minds of their students. Come great ones and with your vajra thunderbolt of wisdom and your hinderance demolishing phurba to once and for all dispel the samsaric seeds of unknowing. Lord of Death, with your spear and trident pierce the veil of ignorance to free us from the path of karmic repetition. 

Wrathful Vajrakilaya is the yidam deity who embodies the enlightened activity of all the Buddhas. Vajrakilaya is a wrathful manifestation of Vajrasattva, the Buddha of Purification. This practice focuses on removing intense inner and outer obstacles to peace, happiness, and enlightenment within oneself, the environment and the world at large. 

The samaya (sacred promise to your teacher) for taking this empowerment is to never to lose your love for others and ideally do a daily practice of Vajrakilaya or at mininmum recite the Vajrakilaya mantra daily.

This is a wonderful opportunity to practice in this amazingly powerful mandala, for the benefit of all beings.

ATTENDANCE

This online retreat was recorded and is available on an ongoing basis. Click here for required registration.

Vajrakilaya empowerment and practice sessions on YouTube, mantra recordings, and texts are available only to those who have registered for the retreat. Video links will be emailed to you for full access.

 

Manjushri YAMANTAKA

Online Empowerment and Retreat in our YouTube Library

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

and Garchen Institute Lamas

* It is possible to receive this empowerment and do this practice after our 2023 online Yamantaka Drupcho in February. We encourage you to participate live at that time. Signup will be posted in the coming weeks. Click here for more info.

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