Festival of Tibet Rotating Header Image

The Dalai Lama’s legacy?

The Dalai Lama’s legacy – who can carry it? 
11.30am – 1.00pm Saturday 24th Jan (Turbine Platform) FREEDLegacy-3 copyHis Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama inspires intense devotion amongst Tibetans, both inside Tibet and in exile.  He is much loved and respected by millions of people around the world.  He has democratised and secularised the Tibetan administration in exile and has tirelessly worked to preserve Tibetan religion and culture as well as promoting compassion and religious tolerance on a global scale.  Mr Lhakpa Tsoko, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Chief Representative in Australaisa, joins us from India to discuss the impact and legacy of His Holiness and his thoughts for the future.  Tempa la will be joined by Dalai Lama In Australia general manager, Lynn Bain la and award-winning author, poet and journalist, Barry Hill whose latest release, Peacemongers has been described as ‘a book of ethics for the coming times.’ This Panel Discussion will be moderated by Tsewang Thupten a passionate youth of future Tibet.


Barry Hill is a poet and historian who has won Premier’s Awards for poetry and non-fiction and the essay. He is possibly best known for the multi-award winning biography of T G H Strehlow, Broken Song, which has been described as ‘one of the great Australian books.’  His short fiction has been widely anthologized and translated into Japanese and Chinese.

His most recent book is Peacemongers, a travel book, a history book, a peace book. His odyssey begins with a pilgrimage to Bodh Gaya in India, where the Buddha received enlightenment, and ends after he reaches Nagasaki, in Japan, in the aftermath of the atomic bomb. Hill’s quest is for some understanding of peace as it was explored by Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi. His journey revisits the Tokyo War Crimes Trial and involves a critical engagement with Japanese Buddhism and its failure to resist war.

Barry Hill has been trying to be a good Buddhist for almost four decades. His book is as acutely personal as it is political, and it invites the reader to enter it as a long poem, a prayer, a meditation, a work of art devoted to the ordeals of making peace.