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Postby christopher::: » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:49 am

Definitely a tragedy. Fare thee well brother Alex.
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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby starter » Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:50 pm

Hello Individual/Alex,

I've been wondering why there aren't your posts anymore and I was thinking you might have gone to a long retreat ... Last night around New York time 7-8pm I was thinking about you after seeing your name on the website ...

You had been one of my earliest friends in this "sanga" who have been very helpful to my Dhamma practice. I'll certainly miss you ...

By your faith in the three gems and the good Dhamma practice and good kamma you've accumulated, I believe you'll have a more conducive place for your Dhamma practice. And no matter where you are, I believe you are independent enough of the outer circumstances to develop your mind, as you wisely advised me in November later year:

"Lastly, the conducive conditions are something you create in your mind. If you are too dependent on outer circumstances, you won't find freedom. Because everywhere you go, it is still just Samsara."

"He (the Buddha) also said:
"Monks, be islands unto yourselves,[1] be your own refuge, having no other; let the Dhamma be an island and a refuge to you, having no other. Those who are islands unto themselves... should investigate to the very heart of things:[2] 'What is the source of sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair? How do they arise?'" --http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .wlsh.html

Again, "be your own refuge, having no other; let the Dhamma be an island and a refuge to you, having no other." -- This is my prayer to you.

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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby Euclid » Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:52 am

I am shocked. He was much too young and his death is most untimely. Such is life, I suppose. Samsara sucks.

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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby Dhammabodhi » Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:40 am

I am shocked to hear the passing of Individual. First Jcsuperstar and now Individual, I knew neither of them but I'm still shaken up. I transfer all my merit to them. May they remain in peace and serenity.
-Samāhitam cittam yathābhutam pajānāti.

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-Ujuko nāma so maggo, abhayā nāma sā disā.

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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby Prasadachitta » Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:42 pm

I am sad to hear. He was so energetic and motivated to explore the life he had. I am glad to have known him and may he find peace wisdom and compassion.

May we all continue to pull for him.


Metta everyone

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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby Kenshou » Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:18 pm

I'm always slow to notice these unfortunate threads.

Another potent reminder of the unreliability of life. Metta to everyone involved.
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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby Thales » Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:43 pm

He seemed rather troubled. Given that and his young age, a heart attack appears rather unlikely to me. Whatever the case may be, I trust he is at peace and hope his friends and family are coping well. :anjali:
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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby BlackBird » Mon May 02, 2011 1:31 am

I just saw this now. It's terribly sad. A potent reminder of the instability of life, and the necessity to do good and practice Dhamma while we still have a chance.

At Savatthi. Then King Pasenadi Kosala approached the Blessed One in the middle of the day and, on arrival, having bowed down, sat to one side. As he was sitting there, the Blessed One said to him: "Well now, great king, where are you coming from in the middle of the day?"

"Just now, lord, I was engaged in the sort of royal affairs typical of head-anointed noble-warrior kings intoxicated with the intoxication of sovereignty, obsessed by greed for sensual pleasures, who have attained stable control in their country, and who rule having conquered a great sphere of territory on earth."

"What do you think, great king? Suppose a man, trustworthy and reliable, were to come to you from the east and on arrival would say: 'If it please your majesty, you should know that I come from the east. There I saw a great mountain, as high as the clouds, coming this way, crushing all living beings [in its path]. Do whatever you think should be done.' Then a second man were to come to you from the west... Then a third man were to come to you from the north... Then a fourth man were to come to you from the south and on arrival would say: 'If it please your majesty, you should know that I come from the south. There I saw a great mountain, as high as the clouds, coming this way, crushing all living beings. Do whatever you think should be done.' If, great king, such a great peril should arise, such a terrible destruction of human life — the human state being so hard to obtain — what should be done?"

"If, lord, such a great peril should arise, such a terrible destruction of human life — the human state being so hard to obtain — what else should be done but Dhamma-conduct, right conduct, skillful deeds, meritorious deeds?"

"I inform you, great king, I announce to you, great king: aging and death are rolling in on you. When aging and death are rolling in on you, great king, what should be done?"

"As aging and death are rolling in on me, lord, what else should be done but Dhamma-conduct, right conduct, skillful deeds, meritorious deeds?

"There are, lord, elephant battles [fought by] head-anointed noble-warrior kings intoxicated with the intoxication of sovereignty, obsessed by greed for sensual pleasures, who have attained stable control in their country, and who rule having conquered a great sphere of territory on earth; but there is no use for those elephant battles, no scope for them, when aging and death are rolling in. There are cavalry battles... chariot battles... infantry battles... but there is no use for those infantry battles, no scope for them, when aging and death are rolling in. In this royal court there are counselors who, when the enemies arrive, are capable of dividing them by their wits; but there is no use for those battles of wits, no scope for them, when aging and death are rolling in. In this royal court there is abundant bullion and gold stored in vaults and depositories, and with such wealth we are capable of buying off enemies when they come; but there is no use for those battles of wealth, no scope for them, when aging and death are rolling in. As aging and death are rolling in on me, lord, what else should be done but Dhamma-conduct, right conduct, skillful deeds, meritorious deeds?"

"So it is, great king! So it is, great king! As aging and death are rolling in on you, what else should be done but Dhamma-conduct, right conduct, skillful deeds, meritorious deeds?"

That is what the Blessed One said. Having said that, the One Well-Gone, the Teacher, further said this:


Like massive boulders,
mountains pressing against the sky,
moving in from all sides,
crushing the four directions,
so aging and death
come rolling over living beings:
noble warriors, priests, merchants,
workers, outcastes, & scavengers.
They spare nothing.
They trample everything.

Here elephant troops can hold no ground,
nor can chariots or infantry,
nor can a battle of wits
or wealth win out.

So a wise person,
seeing his own good,
steadfast, secures confidence
in the Buddha, Dhamma, & Sangha.

One who practices the Dhamma
in thought, word, & deed,
receives praise here on earth
and after death rejoices in heaven.

- http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby effort » Thu May 05, 2011 2:34 pm

i thought he is in his 20s or start of 30s, who put the message on his wall? is this really true?
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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby Virgo » Thu May 05, 2011 3:59 pm

He was in his twenties. Only the good die young.

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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby Vepacitta » Fri May 06, 2011 5:41 pm

I wish there was a link to his wall, I cannot find it by search engine.

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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby bodom » Fri May 06, 2011 6:49 pm

Vepacitta wrote:I wish there was a link to his wall, I cannot find it by search engine.

V.


Here is Individuals Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pro ... =770553171

Here is also his obituary:

William A. Young

William Alex Young March 22, 2011 William Alex Young, 26, of Germantown, MD, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011. Prayer Service: 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2011 at the Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 East Main St., Waterville, NY, followed at 11:30 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bernard's Church, Waterville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.


http://obits.syracuse.com/obituaries/sy ... =149799841

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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby retrofuturist » Fri May 06, 2011 10:28 pm

Greetings,

Vepacitta wrote:I wish there was a link to his wall, I cannot find it by search engine.

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=770553171

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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby mikenz66 » Fri May 06, 2011 10:35 pm

Thanks, Retro, but only Friends can read that, so to the rest of us it just has the generic:
William only shares some profile information with everyone. If you know William, add him as a friend or send him a message.

:anjali:
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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby retrofuturist » Fri May 06, 2011 10:48 pm

Greetings Mike,

Yes, I suspected it might be like that... most people have their FB set up that way.

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Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sat May 07, 2011 12:05 pm

Hey Everyone,

Here is a page with links to memorial candles, condolences and a longer obituary: http://burgessandtedesco.frontrunnerpro.com/runtime/41362/runtime.php?SiteId=41362&NavigatorId=187024&op=tributeObituary&viewOpt=dpaneOnly&ItemId=705465

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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby Vepacitta » Sun May 08, 2011 4:56 pm

Thanks to all who posted the link.

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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby andrewuk » Tue May 10, 2011 8:44 pm

I'm saddened to hear this.

May you be free from all sufferings and may you attain liberation.

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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby shjohnk » Thu May 12, 2011 12:35 am

I am also saddened to hear this: May he, and his friends and relatives, be happy and well.

On a positive note, I am very moved that at this forum there are so many outpourings of genuine care at the passing of a fellow being.

Thanks to everyone for being there for your fellow beings, I feel your invisible support though you don't know me or consciously think of me :bow:
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Re: Pulling for Individual...

Postby Ytrog » Wed May 18, 2011 8:23 pm

I just read this. It's sad to see someone dying so young. My thoughts go out to his family.
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