In 1959 the Dalai Lama had to leave his home country owing to the Chinese invasion, and it was India which welcomed him, along with several thousand monks, scholars and devotees, and gave them refuge.
This film traces the long history of relationships between the two cultures, beginning with the introduction of Buddhism into Tibet by Indian scholars and missionaries, and the continuation of the Nalanda teachings into the present day through the Tibetan tradition.
The film consists of interviews with His Holiness, along with numerous outstanding personalities amongst the Tibetan diaspora, and Indian diplomats and scholars. It also includes historical footage of Tibet and the Dalai Lama.
The film, which was made by the Indian National Television channel, Doordarshan, appears to have been made on the occasion of the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday, and celebrates the unique contribution he has made to Indian life over the past 60 years.
The title comes from a saying by Santideva:
Until space remains
as long as sentient being remain
until then, may I too remain,
and help dispel the miseries of the world.
The Dalai Lama in the interview explains how he goes about fulfilling that objective.