From Pi here, the country probably rings a bell to you guys, coz of the news that had spread around the world, and literally about 'dead' people, may they Rest in Peace.
And hopefully no one will condemn people from my country because it's not our fault, and it could really happen to anyone anytime and anywhere.
Peace to all.
Motivated deadhead down here in Okinawa, Japan. Blessed being here, seen so many good bands, all kinds of different styles and players. Having said that, I'm missing the states and the summer festies, wishing I could be back now. Oh well... I never am to far from the dead with the net, archive or sugarmegs or podcasts like deadpod or through the years... Would love to find a dead cover band out here, would be some crazy dream come true...
What makes the grass grow?...
anyone out there? I currently live in Qingdao....probably moving south to Fujian province later this summer. regards, will
Has been a wonderful travel log! really really brilliant!
By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity -- another man's I mean.
Is a mood where you feel plucked from one reality to another and both are simultaneous and real.
From the first -class lounge at AA at Heathrow. "Delhi Belly" has caught up with me and even though we can't afford it, we splurgesd for the 1st-class lounge on the last leg of the trip home.
It was a beautiful vacation to some magical places and the only sound track was the natural one of the natives, which is often the best one of all.
We had a beautiful time with family, soared to mountains in Tibet and tastes the best these cultures had to offer. What is overwhelmingly apparent is that the developed world has missed it, somehow. There is a closenes in sharing when people are poor or of smaller ethnic group that is more than endearing. You have to see what I mean and everybody should take a trip outside their own culture for comparative purposes.
Anyway, this report from a "Deadhead in Asia" is officially over. And it'll take a couple weeks to recover!!
~ Nailed a retread to my feet and prayed for better weather! ~
It seems redundant to say that Tibet is a spiritual place. It is not just that Buddhism took firm root here and preserved itself for 1200 years, indeed flourishing. It has more to do with the vast, wide-open spaces, the expanse of space rollloing out infinitely from the side of a mountain and the extremely low density of people and people-made machinery.
Throwing oneself back in time and living among nomads herding yaks or traders in a caravan or beautiful secret paradises lieing plainly open but blithely unobserved -- all of these are an integral part of Tibet.
I was only there five days so really didn't get a chance to fully taste but the glimpse was revealing and has reenergized my spirits. I didn't know whether to go or not but now I'm absolutely certain I made the right decision (for me).
Enough of my blah-blah about Tibet. Tomorrow we be departing back to the West. The culture shock is going to be a real bitch this time... My last post to wrap it up tomorrow. Sorry there were no photgraphs (wouldn't do it justice anyway!)
~ Long, long, long way to go home. ~
It will always be my prayer that the culture of Tibet will survive the persection they have been subjected to.Hopefully the Chinese will pay for the physical damage they have done and the Tibetan people can survive as a " tourist attraction " until they are free to show the rest of us the WAY....
Most people visit Tibet to observe aspects of the spiritual lives of the Tibetan people which are still very much alive today. The Chinese actually pay the monks and bankroll restoration of destroyed temples. They know the payoff will be a lot of tourist dollars .
Of the Chinese leadership-- the attitude seems to have evolved to: "If you don't go down the Communist Road with us then we'll bury you as a distinct race of people within a very few generations."
Enemies of this proportion and ruthless efficiency are hard to find, Uncle Joe Stalin and Pol Pot along with Hitler may not have had the commercial aspects of exploiting your opponent's religion, but they were all on the genocide track....
It is indeed a sad thing to experience first hand.
i dunno what, else, right now, that i can say, that would be more appropriate, other than, i wish them a great healing.