Karuna was founded in 1992 by Venerable Pende Hawter, a Buddhist monk who saw a need in Brisbane to provide comfort and guidance for people facing a life limiting illness. With the help of a small but dedicated team of like-minded health care professionals Pende established a not-for-profit home hospice service offering information and holistic care. He called the service “Karuna”, a word which means Compassion.
Pende’s vision was to enable people with incurable illness to live in comfort and peace in the familiar and reassuring surrounds of their own home.
Venerable Pende retired in 1997 and Venerable Yeshe Khadro, a Buddhist nun from the Sunshine Coast – was appointed as Director.