From the foothills of the Himalaya in Nepal to Bodh Gaya in India, where the Buddha attained enlightenment, this documentary takes us on a vivid journey. We trace the path of compassion in action, as practiced by Karuna-Shechen, a non-profit co-founded by Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, and Tibetan Buddhist Master Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche. As we meet several women who share their stories of lives transformed through the organization’s assistance, we discover how compassionate aid must intertwine with wisdom, which in Matthieu’s view, means supporting women’s empowerment and advocating voluntary simplicity.
Karuna is the latest documentary in Tzu Chi USA’s On the Buddha’s Path film series about Socially Engaged Buddhism. It is the first story set internationally, while the five documentaries produced in 2018, Second Chances, Compassionate Chaplaincy, Finding Liberation in Trauma, Ripples from Compassionate Hearts, and From Trials to Freedom, took us across the United States. The documentaries premiered nationwide during our On the Buddha’s Path Short Film Tour, along with The Peace Inside, a narrative film based on a true story, which also features the path of Buddhist social service.
In the meantime, see Matthieu Ricard’s remarks on “Karuna.”
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