)。當中，他提到 CBETA 近期研發完成的 java 版線上跨平台 jCBReader，可以順利運行於 Windows 與 Macintosh 作業系統之上。而這篇文章，也成為他在公開社群的最後一段訊息。
馬克瑞教授曾經表示，他等了很久的時間，才盼到 Mac 平台的 jCBReader 問世。而我們也很欣慰能在馬克瑞教授離開之前，我們得以研發完成這特殊的 Mac 版本，並讓他看到最後一眼。
John McRae passed away on October 22nd, at the age of 64.
John primarily studied Chinese Chan/Zen Buddhism, did his Ph.D. under Stanley Weinstein at Yale and he taught at Cornell University, Indiana University, the University of Hawaii (as Numata Visiting Professor), at Komazawa University in Tokyo, as Shinnyo-en Visiting Professor at Stanford, and most recently at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan.
John published translations of the Vimalakīrti Sūtra and Platform Sūtra of the Sixth Patriarch and others from Chinese, and was part of the Sōtō Zen Translation Project with shared responsibility for the Japanese text Transmitting the Light.
John also served as Chair of the Publications Committee of the BDK Tripiṭaka Translation Project.
Since the early years of CBETA, John offered his generous and light-hearted support to the development of CBETA, with his very dedicated, passionate yet not-taking-oneself-too-seriously presence.
John participated in numerous events in Taiwan, establishing many close connections with Taiwanese scholars.
John always loved Macs more than PCs, and in general he always loved and campaigned for open and free software, actively sharing newly found digital resources and archives with his colleagues and friends.
Because of his interest in Early Chan and particularly in the works of Shenhui – on which he left a complete unpublished manuscript – John was especially involved with the preliminary envisioning and planning of a comprehensive database and digitisation of Chan texts, including canonical and published texts, manuscripts and inscriptions.
Probably his message posted to H-Buddhism at the beginning of October of this year, announcing to the list a recently developed java-based online version of the CBETA-reader (jCBReader) that can be used on either Windows or Macintosh was John's last public communication:
The CBETA team appreciates John's support and encouragement for CBETA over all these years. He has been with us for several CBETA anniversaries, too.
We have made an off-line version of the jCBReader for MAC platform available to the public, in appreciation of John's efforts and support.
John commented that he had been waiting for so long for this to become available, and we are happy that our jCBReader "M[a]c version" for Mc(Rae), produced in his honour, could be seen by John before left us.
John was very fond of birds. On one of his last stays on Dharma Drum mountain, he saw the red-crowned crane, a very auspicious and much revered bird in Taiwan.
With gratitude, we wish John great peace at this time of transition. May his path be not traced, like that of birds in the air.
ngang pa mtsho la chags nas /
ra zhig sdad dgos bsam kyang /
mtsho mo dar kha 'grigs nas /
rang sems kho thag chod song //
In love with the lake
The swan longs to stay longer
But the ice covers the lake
And the swan flies
With no regrets.
[Tsangyang Gyatso, the Sixth Dalai Lama of Tibet (1682–1706), transl. by K. Dhondup (Dharamsala, 1981, p. 63)].
Aming Tu on behalf of CBETA and Dharma Drum Buddhist College