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Discover Karuna's 2020 annual report!

"Last year, @Karuna-Shechen supported over 400,000 vulnerable people in India and Nepal. In particular, we deployed a large-scale emergency program to address the consequences of the pandemic: food insecurity, job loss, migration, exclusion, extreme poverty. More than 7,000 families in Asia have benefited from our support through this program.
The Karuna-Shechen adventure, based on the vision of Compassion in Action, has allowed us to create, year after year, a chain of solidarity of which you are a full part. I am confident that with all of you, we can accomplish even more, together, towards a more altruistic world!" Matthieu Ricard, excerpt from 2020 annual report.

To discover last year's achievements in Karuna, the humanitarian association that Matthieu cofounded, go right here


What is the impact of meditation on aging of the brain ?

By Matthieu Ricard on September 08, 2021

Can we act upon aging of the brain and fight against cognitive decline the same way we can act upon aging on the body itself ? Over the last decades, scientific studies have looked into the consequences of mind-training practices – meditation – on both body and spirit. Thanks to a number of studies, we know that the practice of meditation...

Appreciating our common humanity

By Matthieu Ricard on July 02, 2021

It is important to become aware of the interdependence of all beings and the world around us. To help them strengthen the feeling of being connected to the world and to all beings, psychologist and therapist, Paul Gilbert, a specialist in self-compassion and compassion, offers his patients visualizations like this one: "I invite you to ima...

A more altruistic world through female leadership?

By Matthieu Ricard on March 03, 2021

A Hiroshima survivor declared a few years back that every country should be governed by a woman with young children. Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's prime minister who gave birth to her first child during her initial mandate and showed great altruism in her handling of the Auckland attacks and the Covid-19 pandemic, is a wonderful example of h...

This week

Thought of the week

Some people say they have no purpose in life, yet they definitely have at least one: they want to be happy, just like all beings. We all want to be happy. This feeling is the basic and fundamental sign that we have a potential within us, a richness to be exploited.

Oral advice transcribed by the author.

Right now in Karuna-Shechen

Despite the crisis, benevolent education continues!

Published on 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

Published on 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...