Author Archives: Sebastien

Together, let’s write our next chapter

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 possible through a web of interdependence More

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Two decades of Impact

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 by Rabjam Rinpoche, the Abbot of More

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20 Years of Altruism in Action

“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 have helped millions of children and More

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Join Karuna-Shechen for Giving Tuesday

For #GivingTuesday, Matthieu Ricard and Karuna-Shechen invites you to cultivate altruism and give back, so to create change across the globe. As we head into our 20th year, Karuna-Shechen is positioned to make a world of difference More

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Health and Happiness: The Benefits of Environmental Sustainability

Karuna-Shechen’s projects are developed to serve the needs of villagers and communities in remote and under-served areas of Nepal, India, and Tibet. While we gauge success based on the number of people served and the ways in More

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Environmental Stewardship Today Invests in Tomorrow

When Matthieu Ricard and Rabjam Rinpoche co-founded Karuna-Shechen in 2000 to improve the living conditions of the Himalayan people, environmental stewardship and sustainability was part of the solution to address the inequalities and suffering they observed in More

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Our Environment, Our Future

Together, let’s build a greener world! Help those in need improve well-being and reduce the impact of climate change. Environmental initiatives in the Himalayan region and around the world are more urgent than ever. Karuna-Shechen’s position as More

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Non-Traditional Education: Teaching Empowerment and Sustainability

At Karuna-Shechen, we know that education can have far and deep reaching benefits. An engaging teacher, opportunities to learn, and a positive learning environment can create a spark that changes a life, a community, and an entire More

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Promoting Quality and Equality in Education

Laxmi is a bright teenager and a shining example of why Karuna-Shechen focuses on improving education in the Himalayas. Sitting at a wobbly desk in a makeshift building that wasn’t secure enough to keep out the wind More

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Educating for a Better World

Education is a major challenge for humanity. It is a main factor to fight poverty and inequality, and to ensure a better future for all. Yet there are still many obstacles to access to education, which often More

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