Darwin, Australia, 23 June 2013 - Before leaving his hotel for the Darwin Convention Centre, where 3000 people waited expectantly to hear him teach, His Holiness gave an interview to Karla Grant of ITV Television.
She began by asking his impression of the Aboriginal people and he replied that the Aboriginal people should work hard with self-confidence, education and training to build their own modernised society, while keeping their language and culture alive. He said it was also important that they have their own name. She wanted to know his response to Kevin Rudd’s apology to the Aboriginal people when he was Prime Minister. He told her that he had written him a letter expressing his approval and admiration, About Uluru, which he had seen from the plane the day before, he said he knew it was regarded by many as the spiritual heart of the country, that it was beautiful and he hoped to visit it another time.
Asking if he ever questioned his being Dalai Lama, His Holiness response was firm.
“I am the Dalai Lama, so there doesn’t seem to be much point in doubting or questioning it. Better to use it as beneficially as possible.”
|Karla Grant of ITV Television interviewing His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Darwin, Australia on June 23, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking during his teaching on the Four Noble Truths in Darwin, Australia on June 23, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL
|Some of the more than 3000 people attending His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teachings at the Darwin Convention Centre in Darwin, Australia on June 23, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama answering questions from the audience during his talk on "Ethics in Our Shared World" at the Darwin Convention Centre in Darwin, Australia on June 23, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL