KARUNA-SHECHEN initiates and oversees projects that provide health care, education,and social services for the under-served populations of India, Nepal, and Tibet. It was founded in 2000 by MATTHIEU RICARD with the ideal of compassion (karuna) in action.
Since 2000, Karuna-Shechen has initiated and managed over 111 humanitarian projects in India, Nepal and Tibet with the conviction that no one should be denied vital educational and medical services because of their inability to afford them.
KARUNA-SHECHEN has its origins in the inspiration and activities of Shechen Projects, co-founded by Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche. Its name expresses its mission while paying homage to its roots:
Karuna is compassion in Sanskrit, and Shechen is the name of a major monastery in Tibet.
‘Karuna-Shechen provides primary education and health care to poor communities in the greater Himalayan region who have little or no other access to these vital services. Our programs also include social services and cultural preservation.
Our beneficiaries often live in remote and isolated areas. They range in age from young children to the elderly. We give special attention to the education and empowerment of women.
Over 110 projects have been accomplished since 2001, and more than 90,000 beneficiaries are served annually.’
Matthieu Ricard founded Karuna-Shechen with the inspiring ideal of “compassion in action.” He is a best-selling author, a Buddhist monk, a humanitarian, and a world-acclaimed photographer who has been living in the Himalayan region for four decades.
Karuna-Shechen was Dharma Eye’s Featured Organization of the Month in August 2014.