Plans and Opportunities for the Year Ahead

Dear friends, I wish you the happiest of holidays and a very good New Year! It is thanks to you that we can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in remote and neglected areas of Nepal, India, and Tibet. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!” ~Matthieu Ricard

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The Enlightened Vagabond, The Life and Teachings of Patrul Rinpoche - Part 5 : Patrul is Taught His Own Teachings

By Matthieu Ricard on January 09, 2019

Patrul had decided to go to Kathok and gather merit by circumambulating the stupas at the Kathok Kumbum (the Hundred Thousand Images of Kathok). A few people noticed this shabby nomad lama stopping at each stupa, sticking his head inside, and saying a few words. Beyond that, there was nothing out of the ordinary about him. When he first ar...

The Enlightened Vagabond, The Life and Teachings of Patrul Rinpoche - Part 4: Patrul on Having Things and Patrul and the Widow.

By Matthieu Ricard on January 01, 2019

This huge building is entirely made of flat stones engraved with mantras and prayers. Province of Myniak, Eastern Tibet. Photograph by Matthieu Ricard. Excerpts from The Enlightened Vagabond, the biography of the 19th century hermit and spiritual master Patrul Rinpoche. Patrul on Having Things Patrul often pointed out the uselessnes...

Ultimate Truth According to Buddhism

By Matthieu Ricard on December 18, 2018

During a teaching that I attended in Nepal given by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche he reminded us that all of the Buddha’s teachings were given so that we may realize, in stages, the ultimate truth. If we limit ourselves to only conventional or relative truth, our understanding will remain narrow. It is said that meditative experiences are fle...

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Thought of the week

A beautiful object has no intrinsic quality that is good for the mind, nor an ugly object any intrinsic power to harm it. Beautiful and ugly are just projections of the mind. The ability to cause happiness or suffering is not a property of the outer object itself. For example, the sight of a particular individual can cause happiness to one person and suffering to another. It is the mind that attributes such qualities to the perceived object.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, The Heart of Compassion, Shambhala 2007

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A New Home for the Elderly in Nepal!

Published on January 14, 2019

Karuna-Shechen's co-founders, Matthieu Ricard and Rabjam Rinpoche, recently visited our new home for the elderly in Nepal, which had to be re-built after earthquakes hit the country in 2015. "There...

Plans and Opportunities for the Year Ahead

Published on December 27, 2018

In 2018, your commitment and support had a tremendous impact and allowed us to reach 250,000 people in need and give them the opportunity to better their lives. Imagine a world in which we can cont...