Karuna Care Mission
KCE equips students with the basic tools they need to offer persons in crisis competent, well-informed emotional support and spiritual care. We provide introductory-level training for persons of faith who wish to enhance their interpersonal awareness and skills in order to become a compassionate presence in the lives of others.
Karuna Care Education (KCE) envisions a world where every faith community has at least one Karuna Care Companion to journey with and support its members through the many life-cycle challenges each of us are destined to face while living in the material world. Attaining pure love for God is a gradual process that is enhanced by the fellowship of caring, supportive companions. KCE wishes to help its students learn the science and art of creating cohesive, caring communities one heart at a time – whether those communities are large or have as few as two people.
Director and Training Supervisor
M.Div; MA; BCC
ACPE Certified Educator
Rambhoru was initiated in 1974 in Cologne, Germany, by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. She spent the next twenty-six years assisting her husband, Prithu Dasa, to establish and manage ISKCON temples in Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, and India. During that time she and her husband had two sons, Madan Mohan (Madi) Dasa and Nila Madhava (now Sri Madhava Mahotsava) Dasa. In 1999, Rambhoru returned to Guilford College to complete her BA in Religious Studies, and spent the next ten years studying interfaith dialogue, practical theology, pastoral care, and religious education. She also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Claremont School of Theology, completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Arizona, and earned a masters degree in Patient Counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she worked as an adjunct faculty member at the Allied School of Health. In 2007, Rambhoru began training to be an ACPE Certified Educator (www.acpe.edu) at Virginia Commonwealth University, and served as resident senior chaplain there.
In 2008, Rambhoru became a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains (www.professionalchaplains.org), a fourth-level Healing Touch Practitioner, and a therapeutic harpist while ministering bedside to suffering persons at the Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital. In 2010, Rambhoru became the Director of the St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care: Urban Interfaith Chaplaincy program in downtown East Los Angeles, which serves patients at the Los Angeles County Hospital and University of Southern California Medical Center, Eastlake Juvenile Prison, Homeboy Industries, and other inner-city hospitals, hospices, and projects. Rambhoru became certified as an ACPE Educator (doctorate equivalent) in Clinical Pastoral Education in 2015. Rambhoru has been a member of the ISKCON Prison Ministry since 2015, and has corresponded with and provided Srila Prabhupada’s books to prison inmates since that time.
In 2017, Rambhoru took a leave of absence from her directorship at St. Camillus Center and relocated to Northern Virginia to care for her elderly parents. After her 92-year-old father died on New Year’s Day in 2019, she began to serve at the ISKCON of DC temple in Potomac, MD, counseling congregational members, writing blog posts for the ISKCON of DC website, assisting the ISKCON of DC book table and harinama parties, and providing spiritual care and counseling to airport staff and passengers at the Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC on behalf of ISKCON.
Rambhoru has served as a part-time contract chaplain training supervisor, both in-person and online, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia, the St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care in Los Angeles, and the Institute of Clinical Pastoral Training (www.clinicalpastoraled.edu).
Why Rambhoru established Karuna Care Education
For a long time, Rambhoru wrestled with how she might use her many years of study and practice to serve her spiritual master, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founding spiritual master of and visionary for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). In 2017, after taking a leave of absence from her directorship at St. Camillus Center, Rambhoru strategized how she might use her education as an offering to Srila Prabhupada. Through an ongoing process of prayer, consultation with ISKCON leadership, and experimentation with distance-learning programs, Karuna Care Education gradually evolved.
Rambhoru seeks to serve the ISKCON Vaishnava community by training qualified, second-initiated devotees as lay ministers, or chaplains, equipping them with the tools to work in settings such as hospitals, hospices, prisons, assisted living homes, orphanages, and within ISKCON communities, as compassionate caregivers and servants.
Jiva Tattva Dasa
Jiva Tattva Dasa has been practicing bhakti yoga for over twenty-four years, and is an author, coach, mentor, and motivational speaker. He is a disciple of H. H. Gopal Krishna Goswami. He volunteers at Karuna Care Education, providing technical support and other related services. He is a certified Bhakti Shastri teacher and currently gives Srimad-Bhagavatam classes, facilitates Bhakti Vaibhava education, and conducts seminars on topics related to bhakti. Jiva Tattva has served as a book distributor on the North American sankirtana team, facilitated namahatta programs, and helped the ISKCON of DC harinama party. He has a Masters in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and works in the technology field.
“Karuna Care Education produces one of those ‘Finally!’ moments. Finally we have some structure around expressing Vaisnava compassion in helpful and supportive ways. Finally a place to gain the skills to be of loving service in those crisis moments. Finally a place to move the notion of compassion from the head to the heart and into the lives of others. Bravo and I look forward to the launching of the first cohort!”
Ananda Vrindavan Dasi, RS
Temple President, ISKCON of DC
“Heartfelt expressions of compassion are integral to the life of a devotee, a servant of God. Karuna Care Education seeks to provide “compassion sharing” insights and tools to concerned ministers, counselors and other caregivers. Participants will learn to practically apply compassion with sensitivity and skill, in appropriate ways when dealing with a variety of emotional/psychological situations. After completing this course, participants should emerge with a better understanding and care for themselves as well as the people they serve. I recommend it!”
Krishnandini Dasi, ACBSP
Senior Minister, Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE),