Collected Works of A.T. Ariyaratne

Compassion in Action

Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne is the Founder/Leader of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka. In 1958, he worked in a rural village and together with the people developed a philosophy and a Movement which is known as Sarvodaya. In it, the awakening of everyone is symbolized. Today it has spread into many parts of Sri Lanka and to other parts of the world.

Ariyaratne was inspired by Vinoba Bhave and Mahatma Gandhi. Buddhistic experiences in Sri Lanka were added to this inspiration. Today the Movement works for everyone, regardless of race, creed, caste or color. It is a unique philosophy based on the potential greatness of human beings.

The writings by Ariyaratne during this time are gathered here. The beginning of Sarvodaya and its gradual development are reflected in these volumes. They reflect the influences he encountered and how he looked at such influences as he travelled around the world. The essays are refreshingly original and they contain what humanity should do in order to establish peace within oneself and with the world. Ariyaratne’s essays are a tribute to his spiritual explorations into himself and into the world.

We are creating a digital library of the works of Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne. Here are the first entries! You can read them directly from this website, or download and read them on your favorite device.

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Collected Works (to date, 10 volumes!)

Volume 1 (1978) Initial scan, eBooks coming soon!

Volume 2 (1980) web, pdf, ePub and Mobi (Kindle)

Volume 3 (1983) web, pdf, ePub and Mobi (Kindle)

Volume 4 (1989) web, pdf, ePub and Mobi (Kindle)

Volume 5 (1991) – web, pdf, epub and Mobi (Kindle)

Volume 6 (1995) – web, pdf, epub and Mobi (Kindle)

Volume 7 (1999) – web, pdf, epub and Mobi (Kindle).

Volume 8 (2007) – web, pdf, epub and Mobi (Kindle)

Volume 9 (2012) (Initial scan, eBooks coming soon)

Volume 10 (2020) – Searchable pdf