The Prem Tinsulanonda International
Schoolís third year began with sadness as we mourned the death
on July 28, 2003, of our dear friend and colleague, Johannes
Daniel Wilms. In our sadness, however, we found that the
inspiration and warmth of Danielís life drew our community
together as we shared both smiles and tears, remembering the joy
and passion of the man we had lost. A memorial service for
Daniel was held in the first week of school.
Daniel was a man born to teach, believing
that his work in guiding the minds of students to liberal and
liberated thought was the greatest of callings. His students
benefited from this inspirational and off-beat teacher, who
challenged them to think outside the box, to question everything
and to be unsatisfied with anything trivial or shallow.
Danielís life was a quest for truth and
meaning, and his search led him to many countries and many
faiths. He asked many questions, had fewer answers and traveled
his spiritual journey through many pathways. He shared his faith
with others as teacher and pupil, leading and participating in
meditation groups and retreats.
Daniel Wilms was a gifted teacher and we all
miss his enthusiasm for people, for places, for ideas, and his
appreciation of the richness of life, from the smallest gesture
to the grandest event. His ceaseless and infectious optimism
were much loved and are now sorely missed at the Prem Center.
Our thoughts are with his wife, Chika, and his daughter,