Buddhist monks connect with Indigenous community

Australian Broadcasting Corp, May 19, 2006

Kimberley, Australia -- A group of Buddhist monks are finding solace in a far north Western Australian Indigenous community famous for its rock art.

An Indian guru and her nine disciples have been meditating on the pristine Mitchell Plateau of the north Kimberley.

And Aboriginal youth from the local Candiwall community made such an impression that they have been invited to India.

Archaeologist Lee Scott Virtue led the group and says the connection with land was obvious,

"The Mitchell Plateau basically being so spiritual, there is rock art everywhere and also because of its marvellous range of biodiversity [it] just was obviously appropriate to their philosophy of teaching," he said.