In rememberance of jcsuperstar

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In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Post by 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

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

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Post by plwk » Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:31 am

:candle: :buddha1: :candle:

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Post by bodom » Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:36 am

Gone but not forgotten.


To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo

With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5

Ultimately, your meditation involves sustaining the knowing, followed by continuous letting go as you experience sense objects through the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind. It involves just this much and there is no need to make anything more out of it.

- Ajahn Chah

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Post by retrofuturist » Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:47 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Post by 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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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Post by 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

Post by DNS » 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

Post by 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

Post by 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.


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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Post by SamBodhi » Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:22 am

"An inward-staying
unentangled knowing,
All outward-going knowing
cast aside."
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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Post by Mawkish1983 » Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:25 am

hear hear.

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Post by 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
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Post by 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

Post by acinteyyo » Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:29 pm

:meditate: :candle:
Thag 1.20. Ajita - I do not fear death; nor do I long for life. I’ll lay down this body, aware and mindful.

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Post by 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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With metta,

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Post by 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

Post by Vepacitta » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:12 pm

I'm your friendly, neighbourhood Asura

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Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Post by Buckwheat » Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:54 pm

Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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