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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.



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



With your support, we are helping affected communities rebuild their lives. 

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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.

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Our field teams work in targeted areas on projects that come to us from within the community. Learn what the terms GRASSROOTS and EMPOWERMENT mean to Karuna-Shechen.  



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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Bridging the Digital Divide in India

January 21 2016

Karuna-Shechen is helping to bridge the digital divide in India by offering free computer training to women and underprivileged youths. The program, started in 2014, provides six-month training course...

Three Friends in Search of Wisdom

January 20 2016

THREE FRIENDS IN SEARCH OF WISDOM (Trois amis en quête de sagesse, Editions Allary, 2016) A new book (in French) by Christophe André, Alexandre Jollien and Matthieu Ricard. “This book was born ...

Training First-Responders in Nepal

January 5 2016

Nepal, and in particular the Kathmandu Valley, is extremely vulnerable to natural disasters like earthquakes, flooding, and landslides. As we experienced first hand during  the devastating 2015 earth...

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