20 Years of Altruism in Action

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Twenty years ago, in partnership with Rabjam Rinpoche, I set out to build a better world for the people of the Himalayan region through the founding of Karuna-Shechen.

Working in remote and underserved villages, made possible through a web of interdependence and goodwill, our humanitarian projects have put compassion into action, every day of the past two decades to save and significantly improve the lives of people in need.

Now, as we are about to enter our 20th year, I invite you to continue to create a culture of compassion with us. As each of us contributes what we can to benefit others, we are collectively fulfilling our continuing vision of building a better world!

I invite you to get involved as Karuna Turns 20 and support our altruistic projects. Together, let us continue to dare to cultivate altruism to benefit us all and the planet:

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By Matthieu Ricard on December 31, 2019

It is good to abandon what is superfluous, futile, and useless as quickly as possible and not cling to these from force of habit. If I go hiking in the mountain, and midway I find that my backpack is half-filled with provisions and half-filled with stones, I would, of course, gladly get rid of the latter. Likewise, in life, there are so ma...

No Identification With Our Suffering

By Matthieu Ricard on December 16, 2019

We usually identify completely with our suffering and become one with it. Yet, even when they torment us the most, we are not our suffering in the same way that we are not the sickness when afflicted by some ailment. To achieve fulfilment in this life, it is most important to understand that suffering is an illness that affects us all to ...

Ecological Footprint

By Matthieu Ricard on December 03, 2019

The blog below is an extract from Matthieu Ricard's book Altruism. If you would like to deepen your reading experience, we invite you to have a look at the entire book, which you can get from there: The way of life of this individualist minority—often the most rich—is such that its ecological footpr...

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Thought of the week

The qualities of enlightenment are inherent in consciousness but can remain invisible for a long time. The ultimate nature of mind, emptiness endowed with the qualities of supreme enlightenment, is always present in us but remains latent until we recognize it and become familiar with it.

Excerpts from zhabs dkar tshogs drug rang grol gyi bka' 'bum (The Chariot of complete liberation, oral transmissions of the omniscient ones, instructions for all the preliminary practices of Vajrayana), vol. 7 of "Collected works of zhe chen rgyal tshab padma rnam rgyal," Paro, Khyentse Rinpoche, 1975-1994, p. 361

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Published on December 05, 2019

Twenty years ago, Matthieu Ricard set out to build a better world for the people of the Himalayan region through the founding of Karuna-Shechen. Working in remote and underserved villages, made poss...

Two decades of Impact

Published on December 05, 2019

20 years ago, Matthieu Ricard decided to use his share of the proceeds from his best-selling book The Monk and the Philosopher to undertake humanitarian projects in the Himalayan region. Inspired ...