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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.

Help Plant a Kitchen Garden!

Together, we will distribute seeds and teach mothers to plant organic kitchen gardens to reduce malnutrition and improve quality of life.

Towards Sustainable Harmony

Within a context of altruism and cooperation, our programs advance communities’ health and well-being, develop opportunities, and create long-term sustainable solutions.

#BuildTogether 2018

We're building a clinic and training center in the Indian state of Jharkhand! Follow along and support this altruistic project.


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

A New Hope for Nepalese Mothers

May 14 2018

In remote areas of Nepal, one in ten mothers suffer from pelvic organ prolapse (POP). This painful condition has a serious impact on women's health. Karuna-Shechen offers these women -- who often suff...

Altruism Guides Karuna-Shechen’s Actions

April 19 2018

Altruism requires careful investigation and discernment in order to be effective. It is similar to the Buddhist view of compassion, which implies that compassion without wisdom is blind and wisdom wi...

Thank You From Our Beneficiaries: How Your Donations Change Lives

April 12 2018

“I suffered from severe pain in both my legs and was unable to use my feet. My daughter learned about the Shechen Physiotherapy Centre in Bodh Gaya, and she convinced me to go. I am now able to ge...

Plans for our Clinic in Jharkhand

March 27 2018

Throughout the year, we are sharing updates as we build a health clinic and training center in the Indian state of Jharkhand. We invite you to follow along as the project unfolds and comes to life. ...

Meditate to Support our Work in the Himalayas

March 25 2018

This year, explore meditation with leading authorities on wisdom, compassion, and mindfulness while also helping Karuna-Shechen build a more caring and altruistic world. "My spiritual food to star...

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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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