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

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


How we help communities rebuild their lives after the 2015 earthquakes. 

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


April 10 2017

Providing access to clean water is essential to the health and wellbeing of the villages we serve — and is a big part of our actions to support remote rural communities in the Himalayas. In the U...

India – Physiotherapy for Those in Need

February 15 2017

Two months ago, after he became partially paralyzed from a second stroke, walking was a challenge for 60-year-old Hari. He had to rely on family members to perform even the simplest tasks. Physiothera...

Looking Forward: Plans and Opportunities for the Year Ahead

February 13 2017

Together, we have helped hundreds of thousands of people over the years. Life is now safer, healthier, and happier for each of them. As we reflect on this impressive number, we embrace new opportun...


February 8 2017

The Nyingma Monlam (Prayer Festival) is an annual event that takes place at the Great Stupa of Enlightenment in Bodhgaya, India. Our Medical Clinic provided free medical care during the festival’s 1...

A Life Without Pain for Avidevi!

January 25 2017

Avidevi Chaudhary believed that she was to blame for the pain she endured for months. She had been taught by her parents that sickness was a consequence of lying and stealing — not the result of a s...

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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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