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Karuna-Shechen, founded by Matthieu Ricard in 2000, provides health care, education, and social services for the under-served people of India, Nepal, and Tibet.

Wishing You a Happy New Year

Together, let’s continue our beautiful work in 2020 and beyond!

Our Environment Our Future

Help Karuan-Shechen improve well-being, raise awareness and reduce the impact of climate change.  Together, lets build a greener world!

#IAmChange: Women at the Heart of our Actions

Karuna-Shechen's programs help and empower women to become key players for change and a true source of inspiration.

Video: Matthieu Ricard’s Life Work

The Monk and the Philosopher was published a little over twenty years ago and provided the funding to start Karuna-Shechen! Matthieu Ricard shares the story.    


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February 16 2020

  "If we evince more concern for others, we will all act with the view of remedying injustice, discrimination and poverty" - Matthieu Ricard, Altruism    Inequality and injustice...

A Special Holiday Message for Friends of Karuna-Shechen

December 19 2019

"The work of Karuna-Shechen is what is the dearest to my heart, and I wish to express my deepest gratitude to those who have so generously made this beautiful work possible." ~ Matthieu Ricard s ...

Together, let’s write our next chapter

December 5 2019

Twenty years ago, Matthieu Ricard set out to build a better world for the people of the Himalayan region through the founding of Karuna-Shechen. Working in remote and underserved villages, made poss...

Two decades of Impact

December 5 2019

20 years ago, Matthieu Ricard decided to use his share of the proceeds from his best-selling book The Monk and the Philosopher to undertake humanitarian projects in the Himalayan region. Inspired ...

20 Years of Altruism in Action

December 4 2019

“At Karuna-Shechen, we believe that compassion not only helps us to benefit others, but it is also the most satisfying way to live.” ~Matthieu Ricard . Since Karuna-Shechen began in 2000, we ...

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Discover our 2017 Annual Report!

Meet the villagers, our team, and all those who make our work possible. Discover the values that guide and inspire us. And learn how your generous support improves the living conditions of 250,000 peo...