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Making Friends With Our Mind - A Basic Guide to Buddhist Meditation (Paperback): Quang Tri Making Friends With Our Mind - A Basic Guide to Buddhist Meditation (Paperback)
Quang Tri
R207 Discovery Miles 2 070 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Making Friends With Our Mind" gives a basic guide to Buddhist meditation. Starting with what meditation actually is and its basics, the book moves on to topics of mindfulness; sitting and walking meditation; contemplations on loving-kindness, compassion, impermanence, death, and bodhicitta; and the nine levels of meditation. The book's intention is to help us become friends with our mind; to know it, be one with it, and train it to develop full and perfect concentration during meditation.

Zen War Stories (Hardcover, annotated edition): Brian Victoria Zen War Stories (Hardcover, annotated edition)
Brian Victoria
R3,216 Discovery Miles 32 160 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


Contents:
Preface Part I 1. The Zen Master Wept 2. Monks and Soldiers Move on their Stomachs 3. The Zen of Assassination 4. Oomori S˘gen - the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of Zen 5. Zen Master D˘gen Goes to War - The Militarist and Anti-Semitic Writings of Yasutani Haku'un 6. Carrying Zen to China 7. Zen "Selflessness" in Japanese Militarism: Section One: The General and the Zen Master Zen; Section Two: The Foundation of Military Spirit Part II 8. Buddhist War Bereavement 9. Confessions of a Buddhist Chaplain 10. Buddhism - The Last Refuge of War Criminals: Section One: Colonel Tsuji Masanobu Goes Underground; Section Two: Finding Religion on Death Row 11. Buddhism - A Top Secret Religion in Wartime Japan; Epilogue, Notes, Works Cited, Index

Confucianism: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Daniel K Gardner Confucianism: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Daniel K Gardner
R220 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R43 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

To understand China, it is essential to understand Confucianism. First formulated in the sixth century BCE, the teachings of Confucius would come to dominate Chinese society, politics, economics, and ethics. In this Very Short Introduction, Daniel K. Gardner explores the major philosophical ideas of the Confucian tradition, showing their profound impact on state ideology and imperial government, the civil service examination system, domestic life, and social relations over the course of twenty-six centuries. Gardner focuses on two of the Sage's most crucial philosophical problems-what makes for a good person, and what constitutes good government-and demonstrates the enduring significance of these questions today.
This volume shows the influence of the Sage's teachings over the course of Chinese history--on state ideology, the civil service examination system, imperial government, the family, and social relations--and the fate of Confucianism in China in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as China developed alongside a modernizing West and Japan. Some Chinese intellectuals attempted to reform the Confucian tradition to address new needs; others argued for jettisoning it altogether in favor of Western ideas and technology; still others condemned it angrily, arguing that Confucius and his legacy were responsible for China's feudal, ''backward'' conditions in the twentieth century and launching campaigns to eradicate its influences. Yet Chinese continue to turn to the teachings of Confucianism for guidance in their daily lives.
In addition to a survey of the philosophy and history of Confucianism, Gardner offers an examination of the resurgence of Confucianism in China today, and explores what such a revival means for the Chinese government and the Chinese people.
About the Series:
Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

The Buddhist Sects of Japan - Their History, Philosophical Doctrines and Sanctuaries (Paperback): E.Steinilber- Oberlin The Buddhist Sects of Japan - Their History, Philosophical Doctrines and Sanctuaries (Paperback)
E.Steinilber- Oberlin
R1,158 Discovery Miles 11 580 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The philosophy of Buddhism, originating in India, has undergone considerable changes in its adoption in the Far East. It has, in Japan, assumed a more practical aspect, and has come to play an important role in the everyday life of action. But in this process Japanese Buddhism has split itself into many sects with greatly differing doctrines, though all profess a method destined to elevate the soul and a method of action. The understanding of this spiritual movement is an important key to the understanding of the contemporary Japanese state of mind, and The Buddhist Sects of Japan gives the first complete account of it in the English language.

The Wisdom Of Tibetan Buddhism (Paperback): Reginald A. Ray The Wisdom Of Tibetan Buddhism (Paperback)
Reginald A. Ray
R220 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R44 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days
Angels and Ascension - Integrate Celestial Energy for a Benevolent Life (Book): Chandran Rae Angels and Ascension - Integrate Celestial Energy for a Benevolent Life (Book)
Chandran Rae; As told to Robert Mason Pollock
R390 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R27 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Little Book of Kaizen (Paperback): Suzannah Lee The Little Book of Kaizen (Paperback)
Suzannah Lee
R195 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R39 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A beautifully designed introduction to the Japanese concept of 'Kaizen' - the art of self-improvement. Kaizen is a term that has long been used in the business world to emphasise constant development and transformation. But Kaizen has the power to transform all areas of life. Learn how even the smallest steps can help us to form new habits, build confidence and break down our in-built resistance to life's challenges. Rooted in 2,000 year old wisdom, Kaizen reinforces the benefits positive change, one step at a time. With over 70 simple prompts and exercises to help you improve your health, relationships and wellbeing or save money and excel at work, everything you need to know to utilise Kaizen every day is here.

Living Wisely - Advice from Nagarjuna's Precious Garland (Paperback): Sanghara Kshita Living Wisely - Advice from Nagarjuna's Precious Garland (Paperback)
Sanghara Kshita
R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How do we live wisely? Sangharakshita outlines how in this companion volume of commentary on Nagarjuna's Precious Garland, showing us how to use our positive ethical position, our momentum in goodness, to develop a deep understanding of the nature of life. In the companion volume, Living Ethically, Sangharakshita showed us that to live a Buddhist life we need to develop an ethical foundation. Ethical living means being motivated increasingly by love, contentment and awareness. However, from a Buddhist viewpoint, this 'being good' is not good enough. We become good in order to be wise. Although ultimately the most satisfying of all human endeavours, here we learn that the development of wisdom is also not an easy task. The truth of things is elusive, subtle and even frightening. So we need to get to it by developing both a more non-literal and reflective intelligence, and greater maturity and courage.

Let Go - A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits (Paperback): Martine Batchelor Let Go - A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits (Paperback)
Martine Batchelor
R364 R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Save R101 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Everyone has negative habits -- even the smallest ones can take control of us. "Let Go" is a much-needed guide to getting that control back. Martine Batchelor helps readers focus their minds and uncover the roots of their repetitive behaviors. For Batchelor, it's all about how we relate to our thoughts. By adopting the kind of "creative engagement" that she teaches in "Let Go, " readers can start to see real change, and recognize problems for what they really are: growth opportunities! Batchelor's methods are applicable to all unwanted behavior -- from the slightest undesirable recurring actions to more serious patterns of cruelty, self-abuse, and negativity. Each chapter concludes with Batchelor's expert guidance in exercises or meditations that helps readers begin to work with their harmful habits in a new, creative, and empowering way.

A New Buddhist Path - Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World (Paperback): David R. Loy A New Buddhist Path - Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World (Paperback)
David R. Loy
R367 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R101 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Early Buddhism: A New Approach - The I of the Beholder (Hardcover): Sue Hamilton-Blyth Early Buddhism: A New Approach - The I of the Beholder (Hardcover)
Sue Hamilton-Blyth
R3,080 Discovery Miles 30 800 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Building on the author's previous published work, this book focuses on the relationship between identity and perception in early Buddhism, drawing out and explaining the way they relate in terms of experience. It presents a coherent picture of these issues in the context of Buddhist teachings as a whole and suggests that they represent the heart of what the Buddha taught. This book will be of primary interest to scholars working within all fields of Buddhist studies.

Contemporary Buddhist Ethics (Hardcover): Damien Keown Contemporary Buddhist Ethics (Hardcover)
Damien Keown
R3,085 Discovery Miles 30 850 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


This innovative volume brings together the views of leading scholars on a range of controversial subjects including human rights, animal rights, ecology, abortion, euthanasia, and contemporary business practice.

Making Fields of Merit - Buddhist Female Ascetics and Gendered Orders in Thailand (Paperback): Monica Lindberg Falk Making Fields of Merit - Buddhist Female Ascetics and Gendered Orders in Thailand (Paperback)
Monica Lindberg Falk
R533 Discovery Miles 5 330 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Religion plays a central role in Thai society with Buddhism intertwined in the daily lives of the people. Religion also plays an important role in establishing gender boundaries. The growth in recent decades of self-governing nunneries and the increasing interest of Thai women in a Buddhist monastic life are notable changes in the religion-gender dynamic. This anthropological study addresses religion and gender relations, analysing this through the lens of the lives, actions and role in Thai society of Buddhist nuns (mae chii). It raises questions about how the position of Thai Buddhist nuns outside the Buddhist sangha affects their religious legitimacy and describes recent moves to restore a Theravada order of female monks.

The Sound of Liberating Truth - Buddhist-Christian Dialogues in Honor of Frederick J. Streng (Hardcover): Paul Ingram, Sallie... The Sound of Liberating Truth - Buddhist-Christian Dialogues in Honor of Frederick J. Streng (Hardcover)
Paul Ingram, Sallie B. King
R3,086 Discovery Miles 30 860 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


Offers essays and dialogues by well-known Buddhist and Christian scholars on topics that were of primary interest to Frederick J. Streng, in whose honour the volume was created. Topics include interreligious dialogue, ultimate reality, nature and ecology, social and political issues of liberation, and ultimate transformation or liberation.

Imaging Wisdom - Seeing and Knowing in the Art of Indian Buddhism (Hardcover): Jacob N. Kinnard Imaging Wisdom - Seeing and Knowing in the Art of Indian Buddhism (Hardcover)
Jacob N. Kinnard
R3,080 Discovery Miles 30 800 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


This book contributes to the history of religions and Buddhist studies fields by focussing on what is a far too frequently ignored aspect of religious experience: visual images.

Mindfully Facing Disease and Death - Compassionate Advice from Early Buddhist Texts (Paperback): Analayo Mindfully Facing Disease and Death - Compassionate Advice from Early Buddhist Texts (Paperback)
Analayo
R410 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R88 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Disease and death are undeniably integral parts of human life. Yet when they manifest we are easily caught unprepared. To prepare for these, we need to learn how to skilfully face illness and passing away. A source of practical wisdom can be found in the early discourses that record the teachings given by the Buddha and his disciples.The chief aim of this book is to provide a collection of passages taken from the Buddha's early discourses that provide guidance for facing disease and death. The present anthology focuses on the theme of compassion, and is concerned with anukampa: compassion as the underlying motivation in altruistic action. The book combines translations of Buddhist Sanskrit discourse from the Chinese original, with introductions that explain the basic message, clarify terminology and ideas contained in the discourse, and draw out some of their practical implications.

The Authority of Experience - Readings on Buddhism and Psychology (Hardcover): John Pickering The Authority of Experience - Readings on Buddhism and Psychology (Hardcover)
John Pickering
R3,085 Discovery Miles 30 850 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This collection of writings presents contemporary views on the integration of Buddhism in the West. Over the past few decades Buddhism has deepened its presence in the West and as a result teachings and practices are becoming integrated with those of Western psychology in a more productive way. The decline of mechanism and positivism offers new opportunities to bring together Western Buddhist views of the mind and its relationship to its surroundings. Written by psychologists and scholars, the essays discuss many of the difficult questions raised by Buddhism's increased presence. In particular the issue of the balance between authenticity and accessibility is examined. Buddhist traditions are often perceived as inaccessible and too firmly fixed to a cultural framework with some people, especially women, left feeling alienated and undervalued. However, by responding to this by attempting to synthesise Buddhism with the values of contemporary culture can lead to doubts about authenticity and dilution. Examining these issues and many more, the contributors seek to bring Buddhism into a realistic and informed relationship with contemporary Western thought.

Inside the Grass Hut - Living Shitou's Classic Zen Poem (Hardcover): Ben Connelly Inside the Grass Hut - Living Shitou's Classic Zen Poem (Hardcover)
Ben Connelly
R361 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R102 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Enter the mind and practice of Zen: apply the insights of one of Zen's classic poems to your life--here and now.
Shitou Xiqian's Song of the Grass Roof Hermitage is a remarkably accessible work of profound depth; in thirty-two lines Shitou expresses the breadth of the entire Buddhist tradition with simple, vivid imagery. Ben Connelly's Inside the Grass Hut unpacks the timeless poem and applies it to contemporary life. His book delivers a wealth of information on the context and content of this eighth-century work, as well as directly evokes the poem's themes of simple living, calm, and a deep sense of connection to all things.
Each pithy chapter focuses on a single line of the poem, letting the reader immerse himself thoroughly in each line and then come up for air before moving on to the next. Line by line, Connelly shows how the poem draws on and expresses elements from the thousand years of Buddhist thought that preceded it, expands on the poem's depiction of a life of simple practice in nature, and tells stories of the way these teachings manifest in modern life. Connelly, like Shitou before him, proves himself adept at taking profound and complex themes from Zen and laying them out in a practical and understandable way.
Eminently readable, thoroughly illuminating, Inside the Grass Hut shows the reader a path of wholehearted engagement--with the poem, and with the world. Destined to become a trusted, dog-eared companion.

Preserving the Dharma - Hozan Tankai and Japanese Buddhist Art of the Early Modern Era (Paperback): John M. Rosenfield Preserving the Dharma - Hozan Tankai and Japanese Buddhist Art of the Early Modern Era (Paperback)
John M. Rosenfield
R1,626 R1,220 Discovery Miles 12 200 Save R406 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this beautifully illustrated book, eminent art historian John Rosenfield explores the life and art of the Japanese Buddhist monk Hozan Tankai (1629-1716). Through a close examination of sculptures, paintings, ritual implements, and primary documents, the book demonstrates how the Shingon prelate's artistic activities were central to his important place in the world of late-seventeenth-century Japanese Buddhism. At the same time, the book shows the richness of early modern Japanese Buddhist art, which has often been neglected and undervalued.

Tankai was firmly committed to the spiritual disciplines of mountain Buddhism--seclusion, severe asceticism, meditation, and ritual. But in the 1680s, after being appointed head of a small, run-down temple on the slopes of Mount Ikoma, near Nara, he revealed that he was also a gifted artist and administrator. He embarked on an ambitious campaign of constructing temple halls and commissioning icons, and the Ikoma temple, soon renamed H?zanji, became a vibrant center of popular Buddhism, as it remains today. He was a remarkably productive artist, and by the end of his life more than 150 works were associated with him.

A major reconsideration of a key artistic and religious figure, "Preserving the Dharma" brings much-needed attention to an overlooked period of Japanese Buddhist art.

Entering the Diamond Way - My Path Among the Lamas (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Lama Ole Nydahl Entering the Diamond Way - My Path Among the Lamas (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Lama Ole Nydahl
R398 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R74 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Publisher Marketing: This is the genuinely compelling story, and spiritual odyssey, of Ole and Hannah Nydahl, who in 1968 became the first Western students of the great Tibetan master, His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. Their exciting travels on the worn path between the green lowlands of Europe to the peaks of the Himalayas, led them to experience the skillful teachings of numerous Tibetan lamas who helped transform their lives into "limitless clarity and joy". From their first contact with Tibetan Buddhism in Kathmandu in the form of a lama with extraordinary psychic powers, Ole and Hannah encountered the full spectrum of the Buddhist "view". Their real aim in writing this book is "to form a bridge between two worlds, and especially to share with all who are looking for their true being ... an introduction to a time-proven way to Enlightenment".

How To Be A Buddhist Millionaire (Paperback): Matt Jardine How To Be A Buddhist Millionaire (Paperback)
Matt Jardine 1
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Take a leaf out of Matt's book; free yourself of the fear of money and start living the life you want.' --Moatez Jomni, British Paralympian Matt Jardine, martial arts teacher and entrepreneur, has spent 20 years seeking the answer to one of life's ultimate conundrums: how can we lead an authentic, spiritual and creative life in a relentlessly money-centric world? In this insightful book, he brings together Buddhist teachings, spiritual lessons and the advice and experience of a variety of experts and professionals; from a Paralympic athlete, to a West End musical star, to a city banker; and presents nine practical lessons to help us all discover our passion and make it pay. With a light touch, he dispels the deep-rooted fears and limiting beliefs that hold us back, and forces us to question the very foundations of our lives and what really matters. How to be a Buddhist Millionaire teaches us that money doesn't have to be a dirty word, and that if you search for happiness rather than the pot of gold, success is more likely to follow.

A Rasa Reader - Classical Indian Aesthetics (Hardcover): Sheldon Pollock A Rasa Reader - Classical Indian Aesthetics (Hardcover)
Sheldon Pollock
R1,820 R1,596 Discovery Miles 15 960 Save R224 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From the early years of the Common Era to 1700, Indian intellectuals explored with unparalleled subtlety the place of emotion in art. Their investigations led to the deconstruction of art's formal structures and broader inquiries into the pleasure of tragic tales. Rasa, or taste, was the word they chose to describe art's aesthetics, and their passionate effort to pin down these phenomena became its own remarkable act of creation. This book is the first in any language to follow the evolution of rasa from its origins in dramaturgical thought-a concept for the stage-to its flourishing in literary thought-a concept for the page. A Rasa Reader incorporates primary texts by every significant thinker on classical Indian aesthetics, many never translated before. The arrangement of the selections captures the intellectual dynamism that has powered this debate for centuries. Headnotes explain the meaning and significance of each text, a comprehensive introduction summarizes major threads in intellectual-historical terms, and critical endnotes and an extensive bibliography add further depth to the selections. The Sanskrit theory of emotion in art is one of the most sophisticated in the ancient world, a precursor of the work being done today by critics and philosophers of aesthetics. A Rasa Reader's conceptual detail, historical precision, and clarity will appeal to any scholar interested in a full portrait of global intellectual development. A Rasa Reader is the inaugural book in the Historical Sourcebooks in Classical Indian Thought series, edited by Sheldon Pollock. These text-based books guide readers through the most important forms of classical Indian thought, from epistemology, rhetoric, and hermeneutics to astral science, yoga, and medicine. Each volume provides fresh translations of key works, headnotes to contextualize selections, a comprehensive analysis of major lines of development within the discipline, and exegetical and text-critical endnotes, as well as a bibliography. Designed for comparativists and interested general readers, Historical Sourcebooks is also a great resource for advanced scholars seeking authoritative commentary on challenging works.

Echoes of Enlightenment - The Life and Legacy of Sonam Peldren (Paperback): Suzanne M. Bessenger Echoes of Enlightenment - The Life and Legacy of Sonam Peldren (Paperback)
Suzanne M. Bessenger
R824 Discovery Miles 8 240 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Echoes of Enlightenment: The Life and Legacy of Soenam Peldren explores the issues of gender and sainthood raised by the discovery of a previously unpublished "liberation story" of the fourteenth-century Tibetan female Buddhist practitioner Soenam Peldren. Born in 1328, Peldren spent most of her adult life living and traveling as a nomad in eastern Tibet until her death in 1372. Existing scholarship suggests that she was illiterate, lacking religious education, and unconnected to established religious institutions. That, and the fact that as a woman her claims of religious authority would have been constantly questioned, makes Soenam Peldren's overall success in legitimizing her claims of divine identity all the more remarkable. Today the site of her death is recognized as sacred by local residents. In this study, Suzanne Bessenger draws on the newly discovered biography of the saint, approaching it through several different lenses. Bessenger seeks to understand how the written record of the saint's life is shaped both by the specific hagiographical agendas of its multiple authors and by the dictates of the genres of Tibetan religious literature, including biography and poetry. She considers Peldren's enduring historical legacy as a fascinating piece of Tibetan history that reveals much about the social and textual machinations of saint production. Finally, she identifies Peldren as one of the earliest recorded instances of a historical Tibetan woman successfully using the uniquely Tibetan hermeneutic of deity emanation to achieve religious authority.

Sufism and Taoism - A Comparative Study of Key Philosophical Concepts (Paperback): Toshihiko Izutsu Sufism and Taoism - A Comparative Study of Key Philosophical Concepts (Paperback)
Toshihiko Izutsu
R814 R641 Discovery Miles 6 410 Save R173 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this deeply learned work, Toshihiko Izutsu compares the metaphysical and mystical thought-systems of Sufism and Taoism and discovers that, although historically unrelated, the two share features and patterns which prove fruitful for a transhistorical dialogue. His original and suggestive approach opens new doors in the study of comparative philosophy and mysticism. Izutsu begins with Ibn 'Arabi, analyzing and isolating the major ontological concepts of this most challenging of Islamic thinkers. Then, in the second part of the book, Izutsu turns his attention to an analysis of parallel concepts of two great Taoist thinkers, Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu. Only after laying bare the fundamental structure of each world view does Izutsu embark, in the final section of the book, upon a comparative analysis. Only thus, he argues, can he be sure to avoid easy and superficial comparisons. Izutsu maintains that both the Sufi and Taoist world views are based on two pivots--the Absolute Man and the Perfect Man--with a whole system of oncological thought being developed between these two pivots. Izutsu discusses similarities in these ontological systems and advances the hypothesis that certain patterns of mystical and metaphysical thought may be shared even by systems with no apparent historical connection. This second edition of Sufism and Taoism is the first published in the United States. The original edition, published in English and in Japan, was prized by the few English-speaking scholars who knew of it as a model in the field of comparative philosophy. Making available in English much new material on both sides of its comparison, Sufism and Taoism richly fulfills Izutsu's motivating desire "to open a new vista in the domain of comparative philosophy."

Friedrich Max Muller and the Sacred Books of the East (Hardcover): Arie L. Molendijk Friedrich Max Muller and the Sacred Books of the East (Hardcover)
Arie L. Molendijk
R2,077 Discovery Miles 20 770 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume offers a critical analysis of one the most ambitious editorial projects of late Victorian Britain: the edition of the fifty substantial volumes of the Sacred Books of the East (1879-1910). The series was edited and conceptualized by Friedrich Max Muller (1823-1900), a world-famous German-born philologist, orientalist, and religious scholar. Muller and his influential Oxford colleagues secured financial support from the India Office of the British Empire and from Oxford University Press. Arie L. Molendijk documents how the series has become a landmark in the development of the humanities-especially the study of religion and language-in the second half of the nineteenth century. The edition also contributed significantly to the Western perception of the 'religious' or even 'mystic' East, which was textually represented in English translations. The series was a token of the rise of 'big science' and textualized the East, by selecting their 'sacred books' and bringing them under the power of western scholarship.

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