Our Mission

The mission of The Karuna School is to create a new model for learning in high school that educates the mind and awakens the heart. As a school community, we strive for a balance between contemplation and purposeful action, nurturing peace within ourselves and building peace in the world.

It is our vision that by cultivating the seeds of wisdom in our students, they will lead loving, thoughtful lives and be a dynamic presence for peace in the world.

What We Envision

The Karuna School was conceived to be an independent, college preparatory day school for grades 9-12 that would offer traditional high school courses and a curriculum emphasizing peace-building skills and environmental studies. We envisioned an intimate school community of about one hundred students working with enthusiastic teachers, mentors, parents, and administrators.

However, in the fall of 2011 the Karuna School Board of Directors decided that our resources would be better directed towards helping already existing schools expand their curricular offerings to include peace and equity studies, mindfulness-based social and emotional learning, and global service work. We are thrilled to be bringing this curriculum to enrich the offerings of the Cambridge School of Weston in the fall of 2014.

Karuna is the Sanskrit word for compassion. The Karuna School curriculum offers many different ways to learn about cultivating compassion in ourselves and the world through the study of non-violent movements, through mindfulness practice, and through exploring our connection to all beings.

Our Inspiration

Our vision for The Karuna School arises from the inspiring examples of peacemakers from around the world.

Some of these individuals are actively working for peace today, and others have legacies that live on from times past. We believe that their efforts to create positive change in the world offer us, as well as the new generation of young people, models for what can be accomplished with vision and determination. We feel that their positive example can be a touchstone for today’s young people in the face of the enormous challenges awaiting them in the first decades of the 21st century.

In our uniquely designed global curriculum, our students will have the opportunity to learn about these peacemakers, their times, challenges, culture and history, and the inspiring stories of their accomplishments. As we engage in these studies, we will also explore the dynamics of cultivating inner peace through practices such as mindfulness and yoga.

Our dream is to develop a program in which our students travel to meet face-to-face with current peacemakers on the world stage. In doing so each student will have the opportunity to see firsthand the capacity that each of us has to create change in the world.

Circle of Inspiration

  • Desmond Tutu
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Elie Wiesel
  • Harry Belafonte
  • Joanna Macy
  • Bob Moses
  • John Lewis
  • Rigoberta Menchu
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Hannah Ashwari
  • Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Vandana Shiva
  • Paul Hawken
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • Atish Kumar
  • A.T. Ariyaratne
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Dorothy Day
  • Peace Pilgrim
  • Chief Seattle
  • Arvol Looking Horse
  • Cesar Chavez
  • Helen Caldicott

“Peace in this world depends on
the peace in the hearts of
individuals.” 

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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