Welcome Back to School! – Matthieu Ricard

Matthieu Ricard shares his best wishes for all the children and adult students returning to school this fall. Each year, your generous donations to Karuna-Shechen improve the learning conditions for thousands of children in Nepal, India, and Tibet!

Dear Friends of Karuna-Shechen,

At the beginning of the school year, we wish an excellent year of study to the teachers and all the children.

Thanks to your help, Karuna-Shechen can help thousands of children in Tibet, Nepal, and India to get a better education.

We are immensely grateful for your support! Please continue to help us give others the best gift that we can make: the gift of education.

Thank you so much,

Matthieu Ricard
Founder of Karuna-Shechen

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The Enligthened Vagabond, The Life and Teachings of Patrul Rinpoche - Part 1

By Matthieu Ricard on November 05, 2018

A monk sits above the site where Patrul Rinpoche was cremated in Khormo Olu, Dzachuka, Eastern Tibet. Down in the valley below is also the place where Patrul Rinpoche was born. Photography by Matthieu Ricard. Patrul Rinpoche (1808-1887) was one of the most revered spiritual masters in the history of Tibet, widely recognized as a scholar...

In Praise of Simplicity

By Matthieu Ricard on October 23, 2018

"Simplify, simplify, simplify�". These refreshing words written by Henry Thoreau remind us that much of our suffering comes from adding unnecessary and disturbing complications in our lives. We seem to be continually weaving elaborate conceptual webs around even straightforward events. We distort reality and shroud it with complications by s...

The Illusion of the Self

By Matthieu Ricard on October 09, 2018

According to Buddhism, our view of the self as a singular, distinct, autonomous and lasting entity is at odds with reality and, therefore becomes a source of frustration and suffering. An exacerbated feeling of self-importance, self-cherishing, and self-centeredness are the basis for impulses of attraction and aversion, which quickly develop...

This week

Thought of the week

Beings long to free themselves from misery,
But misery itself they race to catch.
They long for joy, but in their ignorance,
Destroy it, as they would a hated enemy.

SHANTIDEVA (685-763)
Shantideva,The Way of the Bodhisattva: A Translation of the Bodhicharyavatara Chapter I, v 28, translation by the Padmakara Translation Group, 1997.

Right now in Karuna-Shechen

Meet Our Beneficiaries: How Your Donations Change Lives

Published on November 06, 2018

Basic health care is not accessible – geographically or financially – for many people in the Himalayas. Our health services are essential for saving lives and improving the well-being of the most ...

Building Our Clinic in Jharkhand

Published on November 02, 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. ...