In rememberance of jcsuperstar

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In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby Ben » Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:47 am

jcsuperstar (james brand) was a moderator here at Dhamma Wheel and passed away suddenly on August 30th 2010 leaving behind a young family.

It would have been james' birthday today.

Please spare a moment to remember our dearly departed dhamma friend.
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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:12 am

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby plwk » Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:31 am

:candle: :buddha1: :candle:
Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby bodom » Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:36 am

Gone but not forgotten.


The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby Paul Davy » Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:47 am

What is the final conviction that comes when radical attention is razor-edge sharp? That the object of the mind is mind-made (manomaya). (Ven. Ñāṇananda)

Having understood name-and-form, which is a product of prolificity,
And which is the root of all malady within and without,
He is released from bondage to the root of all maladies,
That Such-like-one is truly known as 'the one who has understood'.
(Snp 3.6)

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:09 am

I see his facebook page sometimes and think oh theres james I should say hi, then remember
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(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby Ytrog » Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:38 am

Suffering is asking from life what it can never give you.

mindfulness, bliss and beyond (page 8) wrote:Do not linger on the past. Do not keep carrying around coffins full of dead moments

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:46 am


I am very grateful for all the work he did here in the early days of Dhamma Wheel and for all of his contributions with his posts. It is only so appropriate and lucky that he was the one who started:

the great rebirth thread

now with over 2,600 posts.

Every time that thread gets bumped up, another reason to remember him.

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby sattva » Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:15 am

one fast it goes
may the forces abandoned/set forth after death be guided by the light and the love of the Dharma. May his family's hearts continue to heal. :candle:

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby Reductor » Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:19 am

Whenever I read (or read) his posts, I always think "well, there's a pretty swell guy".

I'd have liked to have known him better.


The thoughts I've expressed in the above post are carefully considered and offered in good faith.

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To his own ruin the fool gains knowledge, for it cleaves his head and destroys his innate goodness. -- Dhp 72

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby SamBodhi » Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:22 am

"An inward-staying
unentangled knowing,
All outward-going knowing
cast aside."
--Upasika Kee Nanayon

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby Mawkish1983 » Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:25 am

hear hear.

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby cooran » Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:35 am

:candle: :candle: :candle:

May he have had a fortunate rebirth and be in contact with the Dhamma
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---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby Modus.Ponens » Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:02 am

:candle: :buddha2: :candle:
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby acinteyyo » Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:29 pm

:meditate: :candle:
Pubbe cāhaṃ bhikkhave, etarahi ca dukkhañceva paññāpemi, dukkhassa ca nirodhaṃ. (M 22)
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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby zavk » Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:12 am

I think when his sudden passing was announced, jc gifted onto us a certain 'gift of death', a reminder of what we Buddhists aspire to Awaken to but so easily forget.

My thanks.

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby vidar » Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:34 pm

:candle: :candle: :candle:
All the world is on fire, All the world is burning, All the world is ablaze, All the world is quaking. That which does not quake or blaze, That to which worldlings do not resort, Where there is no place for Mara:That is where my mind delights. (SN 5.7)

By degrees, little by little,
from moment to moment,
the wise purify themselves,
as a smith purifies silver.
—Dhammapada 239

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby Vepacitta » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:12 pm

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Postby Buckwheat » Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:54 pm

Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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