Author Tara Bennett-Goleman interviews Sinhalese peacemaker A.T. Ariyaratne
In this exclusive video conversation for Tricycle, author of the new book Mind Whispering Tara Bennett-Goleman interviews the "Gandhi of Sri Lanka," A.T. Ariyaratne. Dr. Ari, as he is affectionately known, began the Sinhalese Sarvodaya ("awakening of all") movement. Combining Gandhian ideals, Buddhist philosophy, and ecumenical spirituality, the socially engaged Buddhist movement focuses on the political empowerment of the village, Buddhist awakening, and rural development.
Addressing the concept of psychological modes of connection and disconnection, one of the topics in Mind Whispering, Bennett-Goleman speaks with Dr. Ari about his experiences with nonviolent conflict resolution, overcoming group differences, and his personal motivations and insights into the power of broad political and socioeconomic reformation grounded in collective spiritual rehabilitation.