Buddhism and Sarvodaya - Sri Lankan Experience

Buddhism and Sarvodaya - Sri Lankan Experience

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Author: A T Ariyaratne
Nandasena Ratnapala/
Editor(s): Nandasena Ratnapala
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications
Year: 1996
Language: English
Pages: 262
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170305144


Dr A T Ariyaratne is the Founder and President of Sarvodaya in Sri Lanka. He received his immediate inspiration for such activities from the work of Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave. In Sri Lanka, he fashioned the Sarvodaya philosophy on Buddhist teachings and thus provided a living practical example of an alternative philosophy of development. Dr Ariyaratne is a prolific writer, and his writings are published in 6 volumes of collected works. He is the winner of a number of national and international awards.

He won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 1969 and the Jamnalal Bajaj Award for propagating Gandhian values outside India in 1990, the King Boudouin Award in 1982, the Niwano Peace Prize in 1992 and the Hubert Humphrey Award in 1996. He has lectured in many countries and also before academic audiences, both in the east and west.

The essays included here deal with his development philosophy and strategy based basically on Buddhist teachings. How far could Buddhist teachings inspire modern-day developmental efforts? Could Dr Ariyaratne’s approach provide the modern world with the alternative theory of development it is searching for? The essays are selected and the Introduction is supplied by Professor Nandasena Ratnapala.




1. Sarvodaya shramadana movement--hundred village development scheme.
2. Sarvodaya in a Buddhist society.
3. Sarvodaya shramadana movement: towards a global perspective from a rural experience.
4. Integrating national development with the rural sector.
5. Western and Asian science--two ways of seeking knowledge through causes.
6. Non-violence as a process of transforming action with inner harmony.
7. On survival and development--lessons from Sarvodaya--a Buddhist inspired movement for universal awakening.
8. Village studies for development purposes.
9. Peace-making in Sri Lanka in the Buddhist context.
10. Social service and humanity--what Buddhists can contribute.
11. Sarvodaya concept of development and its applicability to building-up an Asian regional network including Japan.
12. Political institutions and traditional morality.
13. Technology and rural transformation.
14. Transformation of vision into reality-planning for development (awakening).
15. A people's agenda for global awakening.
16. Buddhism in the 21st century.
17. Tolerance as a positive characteristic for personal and structural change.
18. Buddhist thought in Sarvodaya practice