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Welcome to Living Black, it is not everyday and aboriginal community gets a visit from one of the world's most ne of the world's most influential spiritual leaders of. al spiritual leaders of. Traditional owners work into their community the spiritual leader of Tibet, he is wholly less Dalai lama. is wholly less Dalai lama. -- his Holiness.

Central Australia, the heart of our nation. We have walked this land for tens of thousands of years. This is the foundation of our law and culture. on of our law and culture. It tells the creation stories of the people, animals, plants, and their land. Like the thousands of visitors to Uluru each year, I am walking on sacred ground.

I am about to meet a special visitor who will walk this land for the very first time, the spiritual leader of Tibet, his Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.

Welcome to Australia and to the spiritual part of our nation, the land of our people, the traditional owners of this land. Welcome. We met two years ago in Darwin, and you were on your last visit, and at that time ast visit, and at that time you expressed to me you wish to come here, to visit this land, to visit Uluru and to meet the traditional owners, and now you are finally wners, and now you are finally here. How do you feel about that?I am exalted to see this sacred place. When I saw the rock from the aeroplane, it is very wonderful. It is good to meet local people, indigenous people, very happy.

This is the Dalai Lama's 10th visit to Australia, spreading his global message of ing his global message of compassion and tolerance. Sharing his wisdom and insight about human values and the importance of education. Is said to the people today at Uluru that it was very important for them to modernise and to learn English but also to preserve their culture and their language. How important is that you important is that you think?In order to preserve this... Cultural heritage and language, we must utilise modern education, modern technology, so as soon as we reach India in 1959, then -60, we started school, separate school board the Mac with our doctrine, because we want education plus a modern education but also our traditional knowledge and education. Like that, we practice that, so whenever I met some indigenous people who wanted preservation, then I always share our experience like that.

This a special part of the world is home to traditional owners. She officially welcomed his Holiness in this historic visit to Uluru.

As the crowd gathers, excitement builds in anticipation of the arrival of the man who calls himself a simple Buddhist monk.

How did you feel when you heard that he wanted to come here?

Had you heard about the Dalai Lama before?

Did you know much about him?

People from all walks of life converged on the Red Centre to be part of the Dalai Lama's historic visit. The noble peace prize laureate received a warm welcome from the Anangu people. It was clear there was a spiritual connection between the Tibetan leader and the traditional owners of this land, the Anangu Schering sacred stories of Uluru and their dreamtime.

So when you finally met him down at the walked, and it took him down to the waterhole, how did you feel when he did you feel when he stepped out of the car and imagine?-- and met you.

How special was that moment for you?

What did he say to you when you took him on the walk?

Did he have lots of questions for you?

So he was very interested to hear the stories?

That's her resting place?

The special bond fought between Sammy and Adela Lama will stay in bed and -- embedded in his memory forever.

Today's world, the time has come to live together, work together so I

Of course, I have deep respect for any indigenous people and their culture. They are actually, I think, our forefathers, originals, the human community. They have still kept their traditional values, so ditional values, so I admire that. I respect them like that. They have the spiritual belief that I respect.

The Dalai Lama's historic visit to Uluru gave him the chance to personally meet this community. This is a community that still practices its traditional language and culture.

A lot of people were there waiting for the Dalai Lama.They all heard he was coming and met him here. He says their commitment to 2-way learning has nt to 2-way learning has --is something that he has seen all around the world.In the past d the world.In the past I had several opportunities to meet with indigenous people in South America, and also in American native Americans, and also some native people in so some native people in Taiwan, and also in New Zealand and Canada and in many places. Not in Europe. These people, they show concern in how to preserve their cultural heritage in the modern time. I saw a 2-way method, one group in order to preserve their tradition, including the language, they preferred to isolate themselves. Not much contact with t much contact with modernity. At the same time, the second group preserve their own tradition like people in northern Scandinavian countries. They reserve their culture, their language, their dress, their songs, they can very well preserve it through modern education. And then New Zealand's Maori, they also, through modern i, they also, through modern education, their preserve their own set of traditional values. Some indigenous people in Latin America prefer to remain isolated. When I met them, and enquired about their situation, I told them this is wrong. You must follow the experience of those who modernised. That are, I think is important.It is also a message that resonated with the Anangu traditional owners.

He spoke a lot about embracing education and technology and modernisation. At the same time, he talked about preserving our culture as well.Dispossession of land in the fight to maintain language and culture is something that Dalai lama knows all too well. Forced to flee the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1989, he has lived in exile in India for 57 years. He is unable to 7 years. He is unable to return to his homeland -- 1959. While he remains hopeful of the free Tibet, he has this advice for indigenous Australians on the issue of sovereignty.In today's world, the time has come to live together, worked together, so I really admire the spirit of the European Union. rit of the European Union. For centuries, sovereignty was so separate, and there was separate, and there was fighting, killing each other, and now that has gone. They have common interest, economy, and movement, these are more important than just more important than just sovereign rights. We also are historically, in Tibet, an independent nation,n Tibet, an independent nation, but we are occupied, so ut we are occupied, so we are a landlocked country and materially backward, so our only ally backward, so our only interest is to remain. In the meantime, o remain. In the meantime, we should have full sovereignty right to preserve our own culture, including a language, and very ding a language, and very rich tradition of pud is. -- Buddishm.The government is trying to move a lot of people away from the homeland. Is someone like yourself, who has not been allowed to live in his own homeland for over 50 years, how do you feel about that, do you feel about that, what would you say to our people?These things, I think we need some expert to sit together and study, case to case, we should study with expert thoroughly, then make a thoroughly, then make a decision. That is not easy.

The Dalai Lama's own plight is not lost on the Anangu. Do you think that there . Do you think that there is a special connection between Anangu and Tibetan people?

That day when we had a community about, there were some connection that was felt by some of the community members, and the staff that were there, there was a bit of sympathy for him, that day as well. Speaking about his past.

His words of wisdom are something that he will take away and remember for the less of your life. -- rest of your life.

Anangu elder and traditional owner Sammy Wilson is one of the 250 people who f the 250 people who live in the aboriginal community here, a community that lies at the base of Uluru.We have a clinic Uluru.We have a clinic over here, and on the other side is an old people's house, they demolished and a couple of weeks ished and a couple of weeks ago and built a brand-new one.His committee has worked hard to bring has worked hard to bring about positive change for their people. The people here have mainly stayed here for a long time? It is close to the public, but today we are the community's guests. The Dalai lama was also a guest here, and his visit was remembered well. What were your impressions of him, just reflecting back on his visit and talking to him and spending the time with him?

Back on the other side of Uluru, in the township here, another group of people were also treated to a private meeting with his Holiness. He touched my scrunchie!How was that? It was amazing, I was really nervous, but it was a good experience.That scrunchie will be quite special now, you will keep that for the rest of your life. Trainees from the National indigenous training academy were given the rare Academy to the Dalai lama.It felt very great to be a part of it. He walked to the door and grab my hair and give it a bit of a shake, so I feel very privileged that he did it to me, even though the other. Just a word that he . Just a word that he said in the room was so touching. The words of wisdom are something that you will take away and remember for the rest of your life. As we were leaving the building to go to the public talk, he told me to lead the way, and I was like, the way, and I was like, you should lead the way. He gave me a bit of a shove so everyone could a shove so everyone could follow, but it has been a very good experience.For Courtney, it is an experience that she will never forget.You could just have the energy of everyone around you, they were all happy to see him, they just sat there and listened. Again, he took my breath away, just the words... He spoke about education again, also, everyone is the same, no matter what your colour, race, anything like that. We are all people. All human beings.I'm a bit of a Dalai Lama fan, his Holiness, so I was a bit overwhelmed, it was amazing to be in the presence of someone who is... Like I said his way of thinking and his compassion and his outlook on life,...This man says it was an opportunity to reflect.I deftly felt a connection in the level of similarities between the Tibetan people and the indigenous people of Australia. I am also be continuation of our culture, and he understands indigenous people, he understands at a level that you understand about, disposition. Your culture is sposition. Your culture is wrong, and on that level he connected, in the sense that it is wrong. he sense that it is wrong.

He did mention about it is key for education and advice to keep the tradition, keep our language, keep our culture, but still the need to progress in mainstream society because our am society because our younger people, without education and empowerment, keep our culture and keep a language strong, and that really resonated with me. It was a really surreal kind of experience to be in his presence and to have him standing up close, and I was saying to some friends this morning, which it just talking about work, and I call myself quoting something that he said yesterday during his talk. I said, I took that away from the talk. It felt really good to take a bit of that experienceto take a bit of that experience away with myself. The Dalai lama might not have the physical stature of Uluru, but his spiritual presence has left a huge impression on the community and its people.

And it seems his Holiness was equally impressed.If there is an invitation, the I will come.If the Anangu people ome.If the Anangu people invite you back, you will come back?Absolutely.

To be on this land and walk the path of Anangu ancestors was truly a special estors was truly a special moment for me. And for those privileged to be on this incredible journey.

Thank you.

And after seeing the living conditions faced by aboriginal people in central Australia, the Dalai lama donated $100,000 to local communities. If you would like to watch this episode again or any other programs in this series, just go to our website.

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