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. with Metta
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.” - Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters: in mountain clefts and chasms, loud gush the streamlets, but great rivers flow silently. - Sutta Nipata 3.725
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. Anguttara-Nikaya: Ekanipata: Ekadhammapali: Pañhamavagga VSMVMMWBBTBHTWTBTMy Page
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
“Delighting in existence O monks, are gods and men; they are attached to existence. they revel in existence. When the Dhamma for the cessation of existence is being preached to them, their minds do not leap towards it, do not get pleased with it, do not get settled in it, do not find confidence in it. That is how, monks, some lag behind … (It. p 43)”
I see his facebook page sometimes and think oh theres james I should say hi, then remember
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither! Blog,-Some Suttas Translated,Ajahn Chah. "Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."
My avatar is one of many calligraphies painted by my teacher. Mitra Bishop, Roshi. She has them for sale to try to raise money for her building project. Also, if you purchase books on Amazon, you can use Amazon Smile and put in Mountain Gate (In Ojo Sarco, NM) and a small % will go to the monastery.
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.
Michael The thoughts I've expressed in the above post are carefully considered and offered in good faith.
And friendliness towards the world is happiness for him who is forbearing with living beings. -- Ud. 2:1 To his own ruin the fool gains knowledge, for it cleaves his head and destroys his innate goodness. -- Dhp 72
May he have had a fortunate rebirth and be in contact with the Dhamma
---The trouble is that you think you have time--- ---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe--- ---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---
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)
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