in reply to Sad news
I apologise for the rather back-dated post but this is the first I heard of blazar's death. I just want to add my condolences and general sadness to the long list. Whilst I didn't have much personal interaction with blazar, for some reason he was one of those monks who stood out in my mind, perhaps for his IPB campaign, or just because of his personality.
I felt I still wanted to add this comment although some might find it out of time and place to add to the general feeling that blazar was a vibrant and upbeat member of the community. It is to his credit that despite evidently being in a lot of pain, I for one did not even realise he was ill, and indeed always thought of him as cheerful and fun.
So RIP blazar and wherever you are, know that even indirectly (you probably barely even know my nickname!) you touched a lot of people.why_bird