Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween!

Hello everyone. We had a great Halloween party last night that consisted of bobbing for apples and watching lord of the rings. It was fun, but I still missed trick or treating. Anyway, tabla has been going great. Ashok, my teacher, lives out in the middle of nowhere, about a half an hour walk. It's a very peaceful place and great for playing tabla. I'm learning slowly, but surely. It's a great feeling to be making music again. We've been talking to a lot of Tibetan refugees: monks, doctors, and revolutionaries. It's been great. I'm learning a lot about the Dalai Lama's middle way approach to peace with China and hearing a lot of people say that it will never work. Many people feel that compromise with the Chinese is not an option and that action needs to be taken now. Tomorrow I'm going into a ten day silent meditation retreat. I'm excited, a lot of time for reading and meditation. I hope all is well at home and I'll talk to you all in a week and a half. (And yes, that is a monkey eating a banana. I saw it on the way to tabla.)


Jon said...

Hey Jess,
That is awesome that you are learning to play tabla. Are you playing along with tabla beat science on you i pod yet? I hope your meditation goes well. Don't get too involved in the local politics. You might end up a revolutionary.

Cary said...

hey..i just saw the Borat movie and i thought of you....it was way good!!! peace!!

ray said...

hey check you're email after you're sabatical or whatever. I sent you emails that may or may not have gone through