Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Sanghamitta » Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:35 am

My condolences to James' family.

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby ShinMeiDokuJoh » Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:13 pm

Reading this sad news I cried, it is a tragedy.

James I thank you for so much I learned from you at eSangha and Dhammawheel and we all miss you so much. I am not
a frequent poster but here and also on facebook I felt every day happy reading some news about your activities and your family

I keep you and your family and friends im my deep thougts and prayers

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby adosa » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:32 pm

Rest in Peace, James......and Thank You


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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby withoutcolour » Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:34 am

andrewuk wrote:I second this beautiful verses.

May James have a rebirth where he can hear and practise the Dhamma
May James have happiness and the causes of happiness
May he quickly progress on the path to Nibbana and never fall back.
May those he has left behind be free of mental and physical pain.

May you be free from suffering, James.

With metta,

Andrew




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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby pt1 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:22 am

Sad news indeed.

Ever so often when it's a particularly cold morning here, I remember jc saying - no such thing as cold, only inadequate clothing. Always puts me in a good mood.

Will miss his Dhamma contributions.

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby bodom » Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:33 am

pt1 wrote:Sad news indeed.

Ever so often when it's a particularly cold morning here, I remember jc saying - no such thing as cold, only inadequate clothing. Always puts me in a good mood.

Will miss his Dhamma contributions.

Metta to his family


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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby manas » Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:33 am

I am very much a newbie bere, nevertheless I wish to offer my condolences to the family of James Brand also. May they not be afraid, as to my knowledge, the goodness and insight cultivated by him in the course of this lifetime will be his truest friend now, whatever happens from here. May he, and his family, be well and free from fear. :)
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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Dan74 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:46 am

May JC's family be well at this difficult time.

May they recall, treasure and be thankful for all the good he gave and carry on with their lives in the way that would make him proud.

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby alan » Sun Sep 05, 2010 1:55 am

always embarrassed at my inability to say something useful at times like this. Instead, I'll just try to get up a bit earlier, work a little harder, be a little kinder.
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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Krzysiek85 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:29 am

It's really a sad information. I also send my condolence to James' family.
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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Vardali » Sun Sep 05, 2010 1:56 pm

Just catching up here after a couple of busy months and reading this. How sad :(

My condolences to JC's family in this hard time, but also a timely reminder that we all might have less time than we would like to think.

Wishing JC a fortunate rebirth/step forward on this path.
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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Maitri » Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:29 am

I am sad to hear of James' passing, when I was on Esangha he was one of the reliable people who kept things light and cool. I will remember him in my prayers. My condolences to his family, it must be a very hard time for all of them. I can't imagine what his wife must feel losing her beloved. :buddha1:
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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Viscid » Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:00 pm

JCSuperstar was an excellent poster whose views I thoroughly enjoyed reading and it is utterly tragic that he's gone. He must have been a wonderful person to have known.

My deepest sympathies to the family.
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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Jason » Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:02 am

Holy shit, what terrible and unexpected news. I guess it just goes to show how short and impermanent life really is. Requiescat in pace, JC.
"Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya" (AN 7.58).

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby yuttadhammo » Sun Oct 03, 2010 7:24 pm

Here's an article on the issue... doesn't even mention he's Buddhist:

http://www.alaskastar.com/stories/091510/_Ob_cjm.shtml

Crazy stuff... let us remember the Buddha's words:

'Enough, Ânanda! Do not let yourself be troubled; do not weep! Have I not already, on former occasions, told you that it is in the very nature of all things most near and dear unto us that we must divide ourselves from them, leave them, sever ourselves from them? How, then, Ânanda, can this be possible--whereas anything whatever born, brought into being, and organised, contains within itself the inherent necessity of dissolution--how, then, can this be possible, that such a being should not be dissolved?'

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I still have a bunch of PMs from him... here today, gone tomorrow:

jcsuperstar wrote:yeah esangha is where we first chatted, i wanted to come see you in Thailand and get that beginning meditation teacher thingy. i still need to do something like that, i'd like to start a group here at my temple for non Thais, or Thais who would like to learn in English. many times when i was actually living at the temple i had to give instructions to americans who came by, but it was sugested to me by one monk that i get "certified" i have no idea how to do that except in the IMS tradition but they dont interest me much. my wife is thai, i practice in thai settings, i would be leading the group in a thai temple so...


Maybe now he'll have a chance to follow his dreams :) Keep going, JC.
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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Ben » Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:17 pm

Hi Bhante

I suspect that obituary was written by his parents who are staunch christians. I don't think they accepted his Buddhism.
kind regards

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby AlaskanDhamma » Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:05 am

So sorry for not getting back with everyone here sooner. Yes, unfortunately James did pass away a few days after my origin post. So many things have been going on in my personal life that I never got the chance to post again here. Thanks again for all your support and comforting words. James' wife Anoma and his family appreciated all of them. Some of them were even read aloud at the funeral. We must all take a moment to recognize his passing, but take care not to dwell on it for fear of the suffering it can cause. He is off caring for many others in his next life no doubt. May he live peacefully in that life.

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Phra Chuntawongso » Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:05 am

At this point in time I really would like everyone to send metta to JC's family.
I am especially thinking of his parents now that Ben has pointed out that they are staunch christians.
We all know the christian belief about needing to accept Jesus in your life,and the belief in the consequences of not doing this.
They must be feeling tormented about JC's chosen path.
I hope they do not dwell too much on where he may have gone.
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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Ben » Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:16 am

Venerable, earlier a friend and I had exactly the same thought.
It was pleasing to come from meditation to see your post.
May James' family be free from misery, the afflictions of grief, confusion, and despair.
May they find peace, happiness and liberation.
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Dhammakid » Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:52 pm

Goodness gracious, this is terrible news. I'm so sorry I'm responding so late.

May James' family be free from suffering, grief, confusion and despair.
May they, in time, accept the impermanence of all conditioned phenomena.
May they delight in the life of such a wonderful person instead of grieving for his death.

May James find a peaceful rebirth.
May his transition be easy.
May he gain the opportunity to continue teaching the Dhamma.
May he find further progression along the path.

(saw this quote on tv the other day: "We can cry for his death or we can smile for his life.")

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