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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.

Resilience : our first program in France

Karuna supports the French social workers with mindfulness tools that will help them cope with the emotional load related to their work.

Ruby Valley : land of life

With landscapes of rare beauty, the Ruby Valley is an area where different communities live together in harmony with animals in a natural environment.


Karuna is a family of people united and committed for 20 years to build a more altruistic world.

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!    


Latest News

Resilience – Karuna’s first program in France

October 19 2021

In January 2021, Karuna initiated its very first project in France in collaboration with the association Mindfulness Solidaire. Resilience is a program targeting caregivers, which aims to provide them...

Despite the crisis, benevolent education continues!

July 27 2021

For more than twenty years now, the notion of altruism, defined as selfless concern for the good of others, unites and inspires Karuna-Shechen’s benefactors, beneficiaries, volunteers and teams. It ...

The sacred bonds of Hinduism

July 26 2021

Hinduism has many festivals and rituals. They celebrate the major stages of life as well as the deities and are an opportunity to spend time with loved ones. Among these celebrations, one, particularl...

The Ruby Valley, land of life and interdependence

July 6 2021

While the Ruby Valley is a region of scenic beauty, it owes much of its charm to the cohabitation of humans with other species and their environment. The valley is populated by more animals than peopl...

Ruby Valley – a jewel at the heart of the Himalayas

June 29 2021

Dominated by the Himalayan reliefs, the Ruby valley offers landscapes of a rare beauty. Named after the precious stone, as deposits are said to be found there, it is a mountainous region in central Ne...

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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...