We wish you all a happy and altruistic start to the new school year!

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This first week of September marks the return of many of us to school. Others, such as in India or Nepal, can at best benefit from some form of distance education because of the COVID-19 virus.

Let us take advantage of this new school year to reiterate our motivation and our desire to help each child, each young person, each adult to have access to the most complete education there is to be found: traditional education which enables each person to integrate into social and professional life, but also an "education of the heart", as the Dalai Lama mentioned.

An altruistic education, which allows us to understand ourselves and others, as well as the world. An education that cultivates compassion and benevolence, cooperation and living together, qualities and skills that are indispensable for building a more just and altruistic world.

Karuna-Shechen, the NGO I founded 20 years ago, also strives to work with this vision through concrete altruistic education projects in India and Nepal.

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Altruistic education for a more altruistic world

By Matthieu Ricard on August 25, 2020

In this back-to-school week, I would like to share with you some thoughts on the issue of altruistic education. This could be seen as an education that is not limited to intellectual development, but also includes the education of basic human qualities. Indeed, many schools have explored different ways of exploiting it. In 2012, the Dalai ...

The Covid 19 Emergency Programme in Karuna-Shechen

By Matthieu Ricard on June 24, 2020

A New India/Nepal Emergency Programme in this Covid-19 Crisis. Support Them, Make a Donation! The people of India and Nepal are currently going through an extremely trying time. The health, economic and social crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are particularly severe for several reasons. In India in particular, the economic downtu...

Vegetable meat : A Good Alternative For Everyone ?

By Matthieu Ricard on June 05, 2020

This blog post is largely based on the article by Damian Carrington, the Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian's Environment column, published on 12 June 2019. Meat of animal origin: a product which is contrary to the respect of animals and disastrous for the environment A.T. Kearney Bureau for Strategic Foresight, located in Chicago, rece...

This week

Thought of the week

When the teachings say we need to reduce our fascination with the things of this life, it does not mean that we should abandon them completely. It means avoiding the natural tendency to go from elation to depression in reaction to life's ups and downs, jumping for joy when you have some success, or wanting to jump out the window if you do not get what you want. Being less concerned about the affairs of this life means assuming its ups and downs with a broad and stable mind.

Oral teachings given in Schneverdingen Germany, 1998. Author's translation.

Right now in Karuna-Shechen

Discovering, sharing and cooperating to change society

Published on August 31, 2020

Karuna-Shechen is committed, since 2000, to provide access to quality education to the greatest number of people. We believe in a more altruistic world and education is a tool of choice to encourage t...