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Biography of A.T. Ariyaratne

In the spirit of Martin Luther King, he has led peace marches and meditations with millions of poor people. In the mold of Mahatma Gandhi, he has quieted angry masses through his personal example. Like Jimmy Carter, he has successfully mediated intense conflicts and helped build hundreds of homes. Like the Dalai Lama and the […]

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WE BUILD THE ROAD – ROAD BUILD US

Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne Born November 5, 1931, Ahangamage Tudor Ariyaratne is the founder of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka. A former high school teacher at Nalanda College, conducted the first shramadana work camp in 1958, eventually leading the largest non-government organization in the country. The father of six distinguished adult children, he has […]

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Nonviolent Buddhist Problem Solving in Sri Lanka

As a Sri Lankan, it gives me pain of mind to speak on the subject of peacemaking in Sri Lanka. It is more painful when this subject has to be discussed in the Buddhist context. When Sri Lanka was Buddhist, both in precept and practice, there was no need to talk about peacemaking because there […]

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Application of Gandhian and Buddhist Principles of Non-Violence to Combat Fanaticism

“Sarvodaya” means „Universal Awakening“ and its Leader, Dr. Ahangamage Tudor Ariyaratne has been in pursuit of this ideal for about half a century, The Sarvodaya Movement guided by the principles of Mahatma Gandhi has become a huge Peace Movement in the fields of consciousness building, human rights, development, health care, ecological farming and education. It […]

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Peoples Path To Peace

By Dr.A.T.Ariyaratne I consider it an honour to have been called upon to deliver the fifth commemorative lecture in memory of the late Deshamanya Al-haj Mohamed Abdul Bakeer Markar. I had the privilege of knowing him as a Member of Parliament, the Speaker and the Governor of the Southern Province. This assignment is of special […]

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Sarvodaya and the Way it Influences the Mind, Daily Life and Society

At the outset I wish to thank the German Buddhist Union for inviting me to speak at their Annual Congress. I am delighted that more than 50 Buddhist organizations from different Buddhist traditions are participating at this Congress in Wuppertal. The theme you have selected, namely, “Inner Peace – Outer Peace” is very timely as […]

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Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement for the People in Need.