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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.

What we will accomplish in 2018

How your generous end-of-year gift will enable us to reach and help even more villages in need in 2018 and beyond.


Our services to disadvantaged communities include access to quality education, health care, clean water, solar electricity and other sustainable solutions that improve their standard of living.

Videos: Learn How We Work

Check out our latest videos and learn how your contributions are helping communities build a better future for themselves.  

Matthieu Ricard

Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer, Matthieu Ricard founded Karuna-Shechen to address the inequalities and suffering he observed in India, Nepal and Tibet.


Latest News


December 5 2017

See what your year-end gift will accomplish in 2018 and beyond: EDUCATION PROVIDE QUALITY EDUCATION Beneficiaries: 10,300 children Objective: To give children in isolated rural communi...

Welcoming Women out of the Shadows

November 14 2017

The inequality and oppression of women in the Himalayas has caused enormous suffering. A main priority in Karuna-Shechen’s work and mission is to encourage women to come out of the cultural and econ...

Big Change for Villagers in India

November 14 2017

Last April, people in the village of Manjhagawan gathered to meet our India director, Shamsul Akhtar to decide how to irrigate their fields in the dry season. They decided that we should construct ...

New Matthieu Ricard Book

November 14 2017

Beyond the Self: Conversations between Buddhism and Neuroscience This new book from Karuna-Shechen's founder, Matthieu Ricard, presents converging and diverging views on the mind, the self, conscio...

Karuna-Shechen: Born out of Compassion

November 14 2017

Starting in the 1970’s, Matthieu Ricard lived in the Himalayan region, studying Buddhism with some of the greatest teachers of that era. He was witness to immense suffering and inequality around him...

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Why Donate Monthly to Karuna-Shechen?

A SUSTAINABLE AND LASTING IMPACT Your recurring monthly donations make a sustainable and lasting impact on the lives of thousands of vulnerable people in India, Nepal, and Tibet, and provide us wit...

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