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Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby AlaskanDhamma » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:04 am

Hello all,

I regret to inform you all of some bad news. James Brand aka "JCSuperstar" is currently in the local hospital's Intensive Care Unit. He was found at work in an unconscious state and is now currently in a comatose state. He is now only living off of a breathing apparatus and the doctors say there is little hope for a recovery. The current diagnosis is a brain hemmorage due to possible high blood pressure or other natural causes. He is a close friend of mine and is the person to introduce me to Buddhism. This forum meant a lot to him, as you can see by all his activity here and he most definitely enjoys his time here. Please please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Positive thoughts are a powerful thing. Everything happens for a reason and was is meant to be, will be. His wife is by his side now and id greatful for all your support here on the forum thus far in helping him find the true path to happiness. I'll keep everyone posted with any progress. Thank you.

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:12 am

All the best, James. We'll be thinking of you.

Thanks for letting us know, Julia.

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby appicchato » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:29 am

We're all pulling for you jc...

Thank you Julia...

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby pilgrim » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:34 am

Bhavatu sabba-mangalam
Rakkhantu sabba-devataa
Sadaa sotthii bhavantu te.
Bhavatu sabba-mangalam
Rakkhantu sabba-devataa
Sadaa sotthii bhavantu te.
Bhavatu sabba-mangalam
Rakkhantu sabba-devataa
Sadaa sotthii, bhavantu te.

May there be every good blessing,
may the devas protect you,
Through the power of all the Buddhas (Dhamma, Sangha)
may you always be well.

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby SamKR » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:45 am

Sad news. :(

Much metta to him.
May he be free from all Dukkha.

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby pilgrim » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:48 am

currently I'm working on a Thai language book about tourism to Alaska and an English translation of Thai gatha for chanting on the day of the week you were born. getting a college degree, a noisepop e.p. and maybe another film score.. i need more hours in the day

ไม่ใช่เสื้อสีใด แค่ฝรั่งรักไทย

I have an amazing wife and two awesome cats, the rest is pretty boring: long time meditation practitioner, college student, reformed trouble maker..maybe

I am of the nature to grow old; I cannot avoid ageing.
I am of the nature to become ill; I cannot avoid illness.
I am of the nature to die; I cannot avoid death.
All that is mine, dear and delightful, will change and vanish.
I am the owner of my kamma; I am born of my kamma; I live supported by my kamma; I will inherit my kamma; whatever I do, whether good or evil, that I will inherit

From JC's Facebook bio!/jcbrand?ref=ts
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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby PeterB » Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:04 am

Sad news. James and those close to him will be in my thoughts and prayers..

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:57 am

So sorry to hear the news. Metta to JC...


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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:04 am

I sincerely hope the doctors are wrong!

He is one of the great participants and moderators here, I have great confidence that the condition will improve.

He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Admiral » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:17 am

:( so sad..
"there is little hope for a recovery" implies there's still hope for him... maybe :/
Metta to him :heart:


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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Phra Chuntawongso » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:22 am

Metta to James and his family.I have always enjoyed reading his posts.
Lets hope that perhaps we will get more posts soon.
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Lost in time
Lost in space
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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Kim OHara » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:39 am

JC has been one of the people who have made DW such a pleasant and rewarding place to visit.
Metta to him and his family in this stressful time.

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Lazy_eye » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:46 am

Very upsetting to hear this. Our thoughts are with you, JC, and with your loved ones.


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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Ben » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:50 am

James,you and your family are in my thoughts,in my metta.
Such an inspiration, such a Dhamma-brother to our many members.
May you pull through, may you be free from illness and all suffering.
May you be free from misery, may your family be free from misery.
May you be liberated, may your family be liberated.
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- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Aloka » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:55 am


Sending all good wishes to James and his family.

With metta,

Aloka _/\_


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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby bodom » Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:10 am

JC you will be in my thoughts and prayers today. May you and your family be well, happy and peaceful.

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

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always centered, the monk
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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:21 am

Metta to James and his family. I was so shocked to hear the news. this is a really grim reminder of impermanence. I wish him all the best and that he may have a speedy and total recovery.
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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby Paññāsikhara » Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:31 am


For JC, his family and friends:

Karaṇīya Mettā Sutta
The Discourse on Loving-kindness
yantaṃ santaṃ padaṃ abhisamecca,
This is to be done by one skilled in aims
Who wants to break through to the state of peace:
Sakko ujū ca suhujū ca
suvaco cassa mudu anatimānī,
Be capable, upright, & straightforward,
Easy to instruct, gentle, & not conceited,
Santussako ca subharo ca
appakicco ca sallahuka-vutti,
Content & easy to support, with few duties, living lightly,

Santindriyo ca nipako ca
appagabbho kulesu ananugiddho.
With peaceful faculties, masterful, modest, & no greed for supporters.

Na ca khuddaṃ samācare kiñci
yena viññū pare upavadeyyuṃ.
Do not do the slightest thing that the wise would later censure.

Sukhino vā khemino hontu
sabbe sattā bhavantu sukhitattā.
Think: Happy & secure, may all beings be happy at heart.

Ye keci pāṇa-bhūtatthi
tasā vā thāvarā vā anavasesā,
Whatever beings there may be, weak or strong, without exception,

Dīghā vā ye mahantā vā
majjhimā rassakā aṇuka-thūlā,
Long, large, middling, short, subtle, blatant,

Diṭṭhā vā ye ca adiṭṭhā
ye ca dūre vasanti avidūre,
Seen or unseen, near or far,

Bhūtā vā sambhavesī vā
sabbe sattā bhavantu sukhitattā.
Born or seeking birth: May all beings be happy at heart.

Na paro paraṃ nikubbetha
nātimaññetha katthaci naṃ kiñci,
Let no one deceive another or despise anyone anywhere,

Byārosanā paṭīgha-saññā
nāññam-aññassa dukkham-iccheyya.
Or through anger or resistance wish for another to suffer.

Mātā yathā niyaṃ puttaṃ
āyusā eka-puttam-anurakkhe,
As a mother would risk her life to protect her child, her only child,

Evam-pi sabba-bhūtesu
māna-sambhāvaye aparimāṇaṃ.
Even so should one cultivate a limitless heart with regard to all beings.

Mettañca sabba-lokasmiṃ
māna-sambhāvaye aparimāṇaṃ,
With good will for the entire cosmos, cultivate a limitless heart:

Uddhaṃ adho ca tiriyañca
asambādhaṃ averaṃ asapattaṃ.
Above, below, & all around, unobstructed, without enmity or hate.

Tiṭṭhañ'caraṃ nisinno vā
sayāno vā yāvatassa vigatam-iddho,
Whether standing, walking, sitting, or lying down,
as long as one is alert,
Etaṃ satiṃ adhiṭṭheyya
brahmam-etaṃ vihāraṃ idham-āhu.
One should be resolved on this mindfulness.
This is called a sublime abiding here & now.
Diṭṭhiñca anupagamma
sīlavā dassanena sampanno,
Not taken with views, but virtuous & consummate in vision,

Kāmesu vineyya gedhaṃ,
Na hi jātu gabbha-seyyaṃ punaretīti.
Having subdued desire for sensual pleasures,
One never again will lie in the womb.
Khandha Paritta

Whichever way you go or may stay, my friend, may you go or stay happily and at peace.

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Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Postby christopher::: » Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:37 am

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"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
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