Preserving Health: How Our Programs Inform, Empower, and Promote Well-being

For rural populations in India and Nepal, prevention is the best medicine. Karuna-Shechen focuses on prevention by informing and training villagers on proper nutrition, first aid, and hygiene practices, with a special focus on women and girls.

Karuna-Shechen’s Nutrition Program aims to prevent malnutrition by increasing awareness, information, and training in remote and under-served communities. Their First Aid Response program trains villagers to respond to the health needs of their neighbors, making communities healthier, safer, and more self-reliant. They also foster greater awareness among rural women and break taboos surrounding female health issues through their Health and Hygiene program.

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Learn more about how Matthieu Ricard’s organization, Karuna-Shechen, is preserving health and promoting the well-being of people in need in the Himalayas :


The Bigger the Ego, the More Vulnerable We Are - Part 5

By Matthieu Ricard on April 23, 2019

You have lived several times in a hermitage. How was it? Great, beautiful! My longest retreat, initially planned for a year, lasted nine months; it was cut short in order to spend some time with my father who was at the end of his life. I received mail every two weeks and, because of minimal infrastructure at the hermitage, was fed by vi...

The Bigger the Ego, the More Vulnerable We Are - Part 4

By Matthieu Ricard on April 09, 2019

What is the best way to react to a "super-ego"? The only answer it is to develop a different culture, a different mindset. Is this realistic? Violence has been decreasing for five centuries. Life in Europe has never been as safe as it is today. On a global level too, torture, slavery, wars and human rights violations are declining....

The Bigger the Ego, the More Vulnerable We Are - Part 3

By Matthieu Ricard on March 26, 2019

What was your new life like when you became a disciple? Kangyur Rinpoche taught me various practices: meditations, visualizations, reflection exercises on eternity, death, the value of life. He advised me to learn Tibetan. I first focused on the exercises and then on the language. I stayed with him until his death. My second teacher, Dil...

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Thought of the week

Love means wishing for the happiness of others.
Like a loving mother cherishing her child,
One's body, wealth and virtue all amassed one gives for others' benefit,
While training to endure the harms that they inflict.

JIGME LINGPA (1729-1798)
The Treasury of Precious Qualities. Root verses Chapter 7, verses 4-7

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Towards a More Equal World: Our Programs for and with Women

Published on February 28, 2019

Women play a key role in reducing poverty and inequality, and creating a more altruistic world. Karuna-Shechen gives Indian and Nepalese women the opportunity to embody that change: for themselves, th...

Women: key players in development

Published on February 26, 2019

Many social disparities exist in our society, particularly between men and women, in areas of education, health services, professional opportunities, and justice. In fact, out of 796 million illite...