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Turning the Wheel of Dharma in Xining (05 Sep 2012)

xining-1On 5 September 2012, Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche came to Xining, a big city in Qinghai province, to turn the wheel of Dharma and give teachings to about 500 disciples who benefited greatly. This is a long awaited moment where young and old, filled with compassion and respect, waiting patiently for Rinpoche’s arrival.



An eighty year old lady and her old friend held fresh flowers and a khata to welcome the arrival of Rinpoche.



Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche gave personal blessings to each disciple. Rinpoche taught the disciples the Refuge vows, Ngondro practice of the lineage and Guru Yoga. He stressed the importance of practice by following the proper sequence, from the common and uncommon preliminaries, to the meditative practice of Guru Yoga, intermediate and higher levels of meditation. Rinpoche also emphasized the importance of contemplating the common preliminaries and before completing the preliminary practices, to find a qualified Guru, to practice the pith instructions of Dzogchen. He further emphasized to do more animal liberation and to also do Guru Yoga as a group practice.



Disciples prayed that Rinpoche will live long and continue to turn the wheel of Dharma. Disciples vowed to follow Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche in all their lifetimes and to practice the Dzogchen (Great Perfection).

Rinpoche’s Visit to Nianbaoyuze Holy Lake (03 Aug 2012)

Nianbaoyuze-GN-1The 3rd of August 2012, Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche came to Nianbaoyuze Holy Lake to meditate, make offerings to the Dharma Protectors and also to offer wealth vases.

Nianbaoyuze Holy Lake is a very famous lake in the Tibetan region in Qinghai Province. It was said that there was a brave young hunter who rescued a white snake and this snake was the only son of the mountain god of Nianbaoyuze. Later, the brave hunter helped the mountain god to defeat the demon. To thank the brave young hunter, the mountain god betrothed his beautiful daughter to the young hunter, and they had three sons and their descendants thrived on this land and lived a peaceful life. Slowly, this place became the origin of Golok tribes. The lake and mountain of Nianbaoyuze have been protecting this land, the Buddha Dharma and all living beings on this land. This beautiful legend has since been circulating in Amdo.


(The mystical Nianbaoyuze Lake)

His Holiness Jigme Phunsok retrieved the terma of Vajrasattva in this place. The mountain god who is keeping the vows is also a treasure keeper. Besides this holy lake, there are also 108 holy lakes scattered nearby.


After the successful conclusion of the puja at Kaang Monastery, Rinpoche felt the deep blessing of the gurus and dharma protectors and so he went to Nianbaoyuze Holy Lake (about 90 km away from Pema County) to prepare for three days retreat – practicing mainly His Holiness Lama Achuk Rinpche’s Guru Yoga and requested the accompanying disciples to recite the aspiration prayers of His Holiness Jigme Phunsok 5000 times. Rinpoche said that by practicing single pointedly for the three days, we will definitely dream about His Holiness. Rinpoche and his convoy pitched their tents here.


(Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche and his disciples)


(Snow capped Nianbaoyuze Lake mountains)

Rinpoche and disciples started to recite aspiration prayers as thick mulberry smoke lifted the prayers flags up into the sky. Rinpoche was full of gratitude to the three jewels and three roots which enabled him to complete the consecration of Kaang Monastery so smoothly.


Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche pointed to the prayer flags and said that 20 years ago, the Nomad in his hometown and another Nomad tribe had a bad dispute. It got really serious and lives were lost where local mediation was of no help. Later a very influential Rinpoche from Tibet was invited to mediate the dispute. This Rinpoche used many methods to appease the people, and explained the teachings of cause and effect, he taught the Buddha Dharma and finally the two tribes reconciled. The people of the two tribes tied their tribes’ banner with the Rinpoche’s belt and set it by the lakeside and made vows in front of the three jewels. Since then, the two tribes who fought in the past coexisted peacefully. Rinpoche said this place is the origin of peace and harmony. So to make aspirations for world peace here is very meaningful.


(Rinpoche led the disciples in two daily practice sessions of Guru Yoga and recite the aspiration prayers of His Holiness Jigme Phunsok 5,000 times.)


Every morning, while fog still filled the valley, Rinpoche was already up practicing Guru Yoga by the lakeside. He said, “When we are resting our mind in the present moment, external phenomenon, guru and our mind are inseparable, if we meditate in this state, all outer appearances are guru “.


While melodiously chanting and receiving blessings from Rinpoche’s compassion and meditation, many who were passing by sat quietly next to Rinpoche and the sangha to meditate. They felt the natural, deep, calm incredible blessings of the Buddha Dharma.




One afternoon, after Rinpoche completed his practice of the Guru Yoga, two beautiful rainbows appeared above Rinpoche’s meditation hut. He said, “This is the blessing of the Gurus. These two rainbows represent His Holiness Jigme Phunsok and Lama Rinpoche, harmoniously dissolving into our lives.”


On 4 August, Rinpoche offered the wealth vase containing sacred items of Lama Rinpoche into the Lake, thanking the Dharma Protector, and prayed for the prosperity of future Buddha Dharma activities.


At the end of the three-day retreat, Nianbaoyuze returns to its normal calm, like in the ancient times. Different people from all directions come and go, and reflections of the different faces on the surface of the lake leave no traces. Like the primordial wisdom, all appearances manifest without grasping at anything. May every disciple of the lineage swiftly attain the view of Dzogchen.


One Month Pith Instruction Teachings in Chengdu (Mar-Apr 2012)


From 18 March 2012 to 19 April 2012, Guru Gyalwai Nyugu was in Chengdu giving teachings on the Dzogchen Pith Instructions to those disciples who have completed their Ngondro. This time it was held in Chengdu because Rinpoche understands the difficulties that many disciples face when they travel to Yachen Monastery to request teachings. This is the first time it was held outside Yachen Monastery and the content is mainly on the Dzogchen Trekchö [Trekchö is translated as ‘thoroughly cutting through’ or ‘breakthrough’]. More than 60 ordained and lay participants who met the requirements came to request for these teachings. According to the Yachen Monastery practice, the participants have to line up at 4pm every afternoon to request for teachings. Rinpoche transmits the teachings according to the strict requirements of the lineage, and depending on the unique situation of each disciple. He transmitted personal instructions on how to meditate to each of the participants.

During the month, participants are in closed door retreat, and they practice each pith instruction given by Guru diligently, and make use of each interview they had with Guru to clear their doubts about meditation and to clear obscurations they had during meditation. Under the guidance of Guru, they progress swiftly in their meditation practices.

The teachings on Dzogchen belong to the uncommon teachings that enable one to quickly gain realization in this lifetime from Nyingma lineage of the Vajrayana tradition. In the lineage history, all qualified Gurus taught based on their experiences accumulated through practice and experiences, and the teachings are succinct, direct, and to the point. Lama Achuk Rinpoche was ordained at the age of eight, and he followed his root Guru, Tulku Arik Rinpoche and stayed in the mountain to practice for 43 years. He inherited the Dzogchen Nyingmapa Longsal and Longchen lineage teachings, and strictly bestowed the two lineages teachings to disciples via oral transmission. Lama Rinpoche entered into paranirvana in July 2011 at Yachen Monastery and attained the rainbow body , his body shrunk to about the height of ones hand to elbow which many local and foreign disciples witnessed.

Lama Rinpoche’s pith instructions from the Longsal and Longchen lineages can be broadly classified under Trekchö and Tögal. And for Trekchö, its content includes basic meditation, to calm the mind by practicing shamatha meditation and intermediate meditation, to develop the view of emptiness and pith instruction to stabilize the view. This method of oral transmission requires a realized Guru and according to the different capacity and progress of each disciple, the Guru will give one on one guidance.

Our Guru, Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche is personally endorsed by Lama Rinpoche and he is a qualified master to teach the Dzogchen Pith Instructions. Rinpoche had since 2001 began following his root Guru’s requirements bestowed the Dzogchen Pith Instructions to many disciples worldwide.

Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche follows the strict requirements of the lineage to teach, depending on the disciples’ obscurations and habitual tendencies, he stressed that disciples must practice according to the lineage requirements, practice according to stages, to practice well the foundation practices such as the common and uncommon preliminaries, to persevere in doing at least 1 seating of Guru Yoga, to participate actively in the group Guru Yoga practices, and on the pretext of completing the Ngondro, one may be permitted to receive the Pith Instructions teachings. (Depending on each disciple’s capacity, Rinpoche may also give teachings on different stages.)

The arrangement which Rinpoche made to facilitate the disciples to learn the Dharma deeply moved many disciples, especially so for those who did not have the opportunity to travel to Tibet to request for teachings, everybody saw hope that one can achieve liberation. This also motivated those disciples who have not completed the foundation practices such as the common and uncommon preliminaries to practice the Dharma more diligently.

Teachings on Meditation in Haikou (Jan 2012)

haikou-1Towards the end of January 2012, shortly after the Dzogchen Meditation Retreat for the Sangha, Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche began a 4-nights of teaching on meditation in Haikou for over 500 meditation enthusiasts each day.

As most of the participants did not have a strong foundation of meditation, Rinpoche patiently taught the participants the fundamentals of meditation such as the seven point posture of Vairochana and nine round breathing. Before attending the teachings, most disciples were only able to sit cross legged up to half an hour. But during the meditation teachings, many could sit for more than two hours! The teachings has laid the foundation for future meditation practice, and provided the correct method of meditation and allow all to understand how to adjust the duration of the meditation time. Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche’s teachings were succinct and direct, where every participant was very happy to be able to have this rare and precious opportunity to learn. Every participant was immersed in the joyful bliss from the teachings.

An old lady said excitedly, “I thought my meditation foundation was very weak, and all I could do was chanting at home. I did not have high expectation of this meditation teaching. Before I came, I told myself if I do not understand the teachings I will do my usual chanting. But what a surprise! I was able to understand Rinpoche’s teachings and able to follow the Dzogchen teachings and gradually understand the nature of the mind. This is incredible. I will definitely persist in my practice.”

haikou-2A mother from Guangzhou brought her daughter who was in her third year of primary school to participate in the meditation teachings. After listening to Rinpoche’s teachings, the little girl is even more enthusiastic about making offerings to Guru and sangha. She gave all her money as offerings, to liberate lives and even help out happily as a junior volunteer to carry books and butter lamps.

On the 28th, in response to the request from sangha in Haikou, Rinpoche bestowed the empowerment of Chenrezig, and also conducted prayers for the deceased and made tsog offerings. There were 38 monks from Mahayana and Vajrayana tradition that participated in the prayers for the deceased.

As it was close to Lunar New Year, disciples in Haikou spent their New Year very meaningfully, said, “We thank Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche for bringing the precious Dharma nectar to all disciples in Haikou. May every participant have an auspicious year of the Dragon and lead a joyful precious human life.”

The Experience During the Sangha Meditation Retreat (Jan 2012)

1stsangharetreatexp-1In the past seven days when I was attending the intensive Sangha Meditation led by Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche , I was absorbed in the bliss of meditation, experienced the true peace and happiness, often cut off from any contemplation. I have been learning Buddhism and practicing dharma meditation for some years. During these years I rarely observed myself, even if I did, it is a reaction from the reflection of external phenomena. This time, I truly experienced a spiritual journey towards the clear light realization.

Any Buddhist would understand that the reason why we are circling in the delusion of samsara is due to ignorance. We are continuously creating delusions and it becomes a habit. Habit in turn creates karma which causes pain and suffering. And we are farther and farther from happiness. Buddha taught the open and secret Dharma which is medicine for our body and mind.

From the Hinayana’s view of renunciation and to eradicate delusion to Mahayana’s view of direct understanding of delusion and liberation through understanding the nature of our mind, all depends on mind training. Everything depends on the mind, clear or not clear, understand or not understand, empty or not empty. Actually, the mind is also a concept, with inherent nature of emptiness. Then why are we not empty? That is because we created our mind, which is also the power of the mind.

When I was a child watching a movie, out of curiosity, I would sneak into the screening room, peeped at the person who played the film strips. In the beginning, the screen was blank, then the images would appear on the screen in sequence. Finally, when the film strips finished, the player would leave and so would the audience and the screen would return to a blank screen again. As I grew up, I began to understand, regardless of the many images on the screen, they would appear on the blank screen, inseparable.

1stsangharetreatexp-2During this meditation retreat, I went into my mind’s production room to see, the film strip of the mind was controlled by karma and delusions, the illusion was created by emotions, from the reflections of the mind and inseparable from the mind, finally, the mind that I observed and the mind that was reflected was in equanimity with dharmadhatu.

In the past, when I learned Buddhism, I would differentiate in great detail Alaya, Alaya consciousness, self-consciousness (skt svasamvittibhaga), absolute consciousness (skt vijnaptimatrata), etc. This time, I understood that there was nothing other than mind. Buddha said: when you practice virtues or non-virtues, you are your own witness, which is self-awareness; similarly, when you enter into meditation, naturally, you have the ability to see clearly, even when you are feeling drowsy, there is clarity. Your mind is like a mirror, when you look at deluded thought, each thought is very clear and natural. In Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (skt Bodhicaryavatara), it talks about right view and right intention. Right view is like a horse trainer, and right intention is like reins. It is very similar to meditating with objects, right view and right intention are like the horse trainer pulling the rein of the horse he is riding, and it cannot be too tight or too loose.

In the lineage master’s pith instructions, there is an analogy about the crazy monkey’s deluded mind. I had seen a story, in Jiuhua Mountain tourist area, someone caught a monkey, and placed it in a wooden box, and chained its leg. In the beginning, the monkey tried very hard to escape, but the chain was very short, and when it tried to jump out, it would hang inverted, so it decided to obediently squat in the wooden box, and became a photography object for tourists. Finally, a group of devotees decided to liberate it, and bought it from the monkey owner and released it. Initially, the monkey was not aware, finally it realized it was free and ran into the forest. But on the second day, the monkey owner found that the monkey had returned to the wooden box although its leg was not chained. This story is very helpful to those who practice shamatha meditation, the important point is to train our awareness and not feed on deluded habitual tendencies.

In Dzogchen, resting in mind’s own nature is described as an analogy about the seagull resting on the deck, regardless where the seagull flies to, it will return to the deck finally. Similarly for the mind, regardless of how restless the mind is, it will naturally rest.

In the beginning of the seven day Sangha Meditation Retreat, when I was meditating, my mind was very tight. When Guru Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche suddenly made a sharp sound, my mind just corrected a little but quickly returned to its original state. Later in one moment when my legs felt numb and tried to make myself comfortable, all of my concentration came to the numbed legs. Just in this particular moment, Rinpoche made a sharp sound again, I was totally shocked, like my soul jumped out of the body, and my mind were totally blank, empty of any thought, and it lasted for a long time. After that whenever I try to recall the experience, it is very difficult to express in words. It is like clarity, emptiness and purity. After that when I continued to meditate, I did not need to deliberately remember right view, regardless of whether the mind was relax or drowsy, clarity was always present and all around.

1stsangharetreatexp-3We visited the South Mountain located close to the sea. In the south side facing the sea, I observed the wind blowing and the sea waves, they were without a moment of stillness. But it was just water, all surrounding. Every wave naturally arises and subsides, naturally liberates. Wave is water; water is wave, naturally clear.

His Holiness Jigme Phunsok in his teachings said, “Do not be attached to the past, it is like the waves, naturally disappearing into the water, meditation is also like that, and living is also like that.

Letting go is liberation, delusion is realization, and everything is the mind.

Wisdom and compassion surround. Amituofuo! I prostrate to the kind root Guru-Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche.

— Sharing by Venerable Jing Lian —

The First Dzogchen Meditation Retreat for Sangha (10-16 Jan 2012)

1stsangharetreat-1The first Dzogchen meditation retreat for the Sangha was held in Sanya city, Hainan province, for a period of 7 days from Jan 10 to 16, 2012. There were a total of 74 monks and nuns from various temples across the country who participated in the retreat.

During the seven days of closed door meditation retreat, the participants observed the noble silence throughout the day, from morning 4:30 am to 9:00 pm, meditating for 9 hours daily, and not less than fifteen meditation sessions per day.

During the seven days, Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche led the monks and nuns according to the lineage, practiced step by step meditation, guiding all participants through in-depth meditation. Rinpoche shared from his personal experience, guiding the participants from theory to practice and to differentiate between different meditation states, from basic to intermediate to highest level of meditation. From meditation with form to formless meditation, from confused formless meditation to clear formless meditation; from worldly meditation to out-worldly meditation. Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche explained in detailed the different views and stages of meditation, taught everybody how to break through each of the meditation stages and to avoid samsaric hindrances and duality view until one is able to arise the right view of liberation. Rinpoche guided everyone into a profound state of meditation, gave teachings on the various meditation states and many venerable (monks and nuns) were able to gain different degrees of experience in the understanding their true nature of mind, where everyone’s insights into meditation improved greatly.

1stsangharetreat-2Rinpoche patiently showed the venerables how to walk, sleep, etc to stay constantly in meditation; how to relax the body after sitting meditation, and how to extend the experience of awareness in daily activities; how to reflect before obscurations arise and to liberate from obscurations. Before the sun had risen, he led everybody outdoors to meditate in the cool morning breeze, where fresh air and vast space are the best remedy for sleepiness during meditation and it brings out clear awareness. Participants were amazed by the experience of bliss which they had never felt before. Everybody was full of praise and admiration of Rinpoche’s clear and direct methods of teaching, relaxed and interesting styles of meditation.

During the retreat, Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche specially arranged for the sangha to practice vinaya and precepts – the daily activities of the sangha, explained in detail the law of cause and effect, advised the sangha to respect their identity and to protect their practice and to instil confidence in the Dharma for all beings.

Rinpoche stressed that the sangha must stay united, regardless of tradition and lineages, we are all practicing the teachings of Buddha Sakyamuni and the ultimate objective is to gain liberation and Buddhahood. All traditions and lineages should be non sectarian; we should respect each other, learn from each other, we should not praise oneself and defame others. The continuous spreading of the Buddha Dharma depends on a united and harmonious sangha.

1stsangharetreat-3On 16 January, before the closure of the meditation retreat, the organizer organized sangha offerings, exchange of experiences, lamp offerings and other activities. The solemn ceremony moved many lay devotees who were present to tears. The respect that the devotees had for the sangha inspired the venerable to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma.

The rare and precious human life has been obtained, and the precious Dharma had been taught. We must practice diligently and achieve enlightenment as quickly as possible in order to benefit all sentient beings. And for the future generations, we pray that our precious Guru will not abandon the sentient beings, and will continue to turn the wheel of Dharma, to continue to train and continue to hold such precious retreat programs, so that the Buddha Dharma through right view and practice, continue to spread far and wide.

Simple Joy (Dec 2011)

simplejoy-GN-1It was almost New Year , 2012. Everybody appeared to be busy. It was in the afternoon, I was staring at my computer disinterested, there was news on the web about a shooting incident in a bank near Nanjing, and it was not known if the criminal involved in the shooting had been apprehended. There were so many different kinds of bad news, strange news on the internet. I sat back on the chair, my mind went back to the conference room again, where Gyalwai Nyugu gave an interesting seminar: Joy and Happiness. In some way, the seminar actually changed my life.

It was a rainy evening, I had my dinner and was invited to the conference room on the second floor of the main building of our bank, which is one of the biggest banks in China. I was a little late and many people were already in the conference room. I sat in the last row. Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche (Guru) appeared to be tall and thin, but in good spirit and with a compassionate smile on his face. In the beginning, people were still chatting, but as Guru began to speak, everybody quiet down and was slowly led into the topic of the night – How to be Happy. There were no loud voices or slogans, Guru spoke in a tone that made one feel comfortable, like enjoying a cup of afternoon tea. There were no profound ideas, just simple and pure, leading one to a state of quiet peace.

Guru talked about investing in the stock market, how our emotions are caught up in the rise and fall of the stock market, how that kind of life would not bring us true happiness and joy. But we are living that kind of life, when the stock market rises, we feel happy, stock market falls, we feel sad. And Guru talked about relationships, how our emotions were influenced by being loved or not, again, we would not experience true happiness and joy by living our lives like that, but in reality, we are always seeking love and our emotions are influenced by our pursuit of love. Happiness is very simple; it comes from our mind and not from external things. The happiness that relies on external things would not subsist, like Guru said, we are living in the materialistic world, we want too much and as a result we are not truly happy.

Guru then led us to practice meditation. The room was very quiet, where one could hear a pin drop. At that moment, my mind settled, and deep in the mind, I seemed to have put down many things as well, it seemed so simple, no fluctuations of the stock markets, no emotional disputes, no temptation of money.

Happiness can be very difficult to achieve, but it can also be so simple! The important thing is how one understands it. Each of us pursues different forms of happiness, but Guru taught us the method that is simplest and that can subsist. May everyone find the method that leads to one’s simple joy! As I watched the news on the web, I thought, if only the criminal understands how to find happiness, there will not be violence and crime. Come to think of it, when we are born, we will die, we lived for such a short span of time, and we should always try to avoid unhappiness, to avoid jealousy. Guru has painstakingly taught us how to be happy, to bring us joy and happiness, which in itself is a very joyous deed!

As New Year approaches, I wish that Guru and everyone are safe, healthy and happy!

The 2nd Annual Path of Clear Light Meditation Conference (11-13 Dec 2011)

2nd-ACLRMR-1From December 11th to 13th, 2011, the 2nd Annual Path of Clear Light Meditation Conference was held over a period of three days in Hangzhou in Guiyuan Monastery. Disciples from around China and all the way from France, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Africa came to attended the conference. The daily participants attending exceeded six to seven hundred people each day. On the final day, the attendants exceeded 1,300 people.

Guru Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche’s first meditation conference was held in Mount Emeishan (in Sichuan province, China), which was devoted to prayers on world peace and prosperity, a healthy environment for the world, peaceful lives for human beings, early realisation of enlightenment of all sentient beings and the elimination of all suffering in samsara.

2nd-ACLRMR-GN-2Every morning of the three day conference, Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche transmitted Dzogchen teachings on various Preliminaries (external and internal), Guru Yoga and on Shamatha (with form and without). Rinpoche taught everyone that the form of the meditation can be unconfined, yet fresh, living and refreshing. Eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body can all be used for the purposes of meditation in the forms of colors, sounds, smells, tastes and touch.

In his teaching, Rinpoche took an example of using the ear as an object of meditation. A lay devotee played soothing music for the participants to focus on. He also explained on how to focus our eyes on an object to guide our meditation. During the afternoon sessions of the first two days, Rinpoche along with several sangha members helped and guided all the participants in meditation according to the required sequence of the lineage.

Rinpoche’s lively and easy to follow meditation methods help to eliminate many of the practitioners’ misunderstandings that had developed over the years. Through the systematic meditation processes, many devotees obtained a very clear understanding on how to meditate, corrected their misconceptions and incorrect methods that should be not be employed during meditation. All of these helped participants to develop a stronger interest in meditation.

2nd-ACLRMR-3In the afternoon of the final day, Rinpoche imparted the yellow Jambala empowerment, intellectual Manjushri Empowerment and King Gesar Empowerment. He hoped that the disciples’ process of practicing meditation will progress smoothly where wisdom grows and both worldly and non-worldly interests will be fully accomplished. Then, Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche gave names to each of the newly established meditation groups formed during the last year. Rinpoche personally gave every meditation group leader a plate with the group’s name, whom all vowed to protect and practice Budhhism, and help sentient beings, to lead their meditation group to use great exertion to listen to, think and practice the dharma. They would try to live up to the earnest expectation of Rinpoche. The concluding feast offering at the end of the conference was celebrated in great joy and capped off the event in auspiciousness and perfection.

2nd-ACLRMR-4During the three days, the participants discovered the light of meditation, and the most excellent charm of meditation. They have also experienced the wonderful (blissful) feeling in their meditation. A lot of beginners thus became a big fan of meditation. Although the conference was only for a brief period of three days, many participants generally felt “cleansed in spirit”, a feeling like being reborn. The venue and the program was perfect.

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