North America | United States of America (USA) – Full Circle – Tibet in the U.S.A.
This will be my last entry, and then I will retire this diary for good. I thought it might be a good way to end to say that I spent a weekend in a rural Connecticut town, attending a Tibetan Fair.
I brought eight of my husband’s thangka paintings to sell for him, and I was given a space in the activity shed, which is a small barn-like structure where some other vendors were setting up. It was also the place where a monk from Namgyal monastery in India was making a sand mandala.
Next to me was a Tibetan artist who is exhibiting at Tibet House. Across was a Tibetan medical group, and next to them, a woman attempting to raise funds for a new school in Western Tibet.
There were three days of Tibetan musicians performing, so as you can imagine, I spent as much time as I could listening to the dranyen music. I met three of my heroes – Techung, Loden and Penpa Tsering, all of whom are famous dranyen players. Loden is quite an entertaining character and he even gave me an impromptu dranyen lesson and let me play for him.
In the evenings, we ended the Festival with Tibetan circle dancing led by Techung, who lives in California and is perhaps the best known of the Tibetan musicians there.
I got to see my old friends Ngawang and his daughter Tenzin, and also Thupten and Tsamchoe, who all live in Connecticut.
I didn’t sell anything, but it turned out to be a good thing, because Tsering la called me after I got home and said he had been worried that I would sell a thangka during the full moon. It’s such a spiritual time, he thought it would not be appropriate, so we both laughed at how lucky we were.
Life is good, and hopefully we’ll find our way back to India someday, but for now, we’re here on American soil, so it’s time to end the saga, and let a new saga begin.