Art of Living Foundation
Help individuals get rid of stress and experience inner peace; offer stress-elimination programmes which include breathing techniques, meditation, and yoga.
Founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a charismatic religious leader in India. Globally, the organisation operates as The Art of Living Foundation formed in 1989 in the United States of America and in Germany. Since then, local centres have been established across the world.
- Peace Projects - Dialogue
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has devoted himself to promoting composite dialogue between conflicting parties across the world. Over the past three decades, he has opened up channels of communications and facilitated meaningful dialogue. For instance, he was involved strengthening the foundations of dialogue and peace in Sri Lanka, he has been at the forefront of proactive action to foster communal harmony in India, more specific, helped resolve religious tensions and violence that had escalated over the Amarnath land dispute in Kashmir
- Sri Sri - Peace Mediator
Sri Sri has played the role of a peace mediator for countries in a deadlock. By bringing together conflicting parties to the negotiating table, he has defused violent situations. The Art of Living Foundation also brings together people of different faiths and cultures, to promote inter-faith harmony
- Multi-Cultural Education
From Asia to America, the world seeks a remedy for terrorism, it is the need of the hour. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar offers a powerful solution in a simple form: multi-cultural education. The key to inter-faith harmony and to reducing terrorism, according to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, lies in education – a multi-cultural education that encourages pluralism. Tackling the issue of terrorism and promoting inter-faith harmony, Sri Sri has taken his message of a multi-cultural education to concerned forums across the world
- Bridging Communal Divides
As the founder of The Art of Living, Sri Sri has been directing the volunteers to reach out to people who need help. Bridging communal divides from Iraq to Pakistan, China to Canada, America, the African continent and Europe – Sri Sri has bound together people of 151 countries in a spirit of selfless service and love. Sri Sri has often guided relief operations in regions which are rift with communal tensions
- Broadening Self Identity
Through public meetings, satsangs, and stress-relief programmes, Sri Sri has inspired people of different faiths to unify in their commitment towards social responsibility. In his public addresses, he urges audiences to broaden their self-identification: “The present crisis is basically one of identification: limited and fragmented identification leads to hatred, violence and war. People usually identify themselves with their profession, religion, race, culture, nationality, language, region, or sex. Many are prepared to go to any lengths to protect this identity, even giving up their life in the process. We need to bring about an understanding in all people that they are, firstly, part of the universal spirit, and, secondly, human beings.”
- One World Family
The power of Sri Sri's solution lies in its spiritual foundation. Integrating people by reawakening the core of every religious teaching – universal brotherhood and love. “Spirituality unites people and promotes people into doing something constructive for the world. These inspirations that come from within will enable us to act better,” believes Sri Sri. Spirituality will pave the way for a refined way of thinking which is all-encompassing, uplifting, and unifying. The most effective -and perhaps only- tool towards building long-lasting inter-faith harmony
- Inter-Faith Peace Camp 'Break Your Walls'
20 young people, including eight Jews and eight Muslims as well as participants from Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Croatia joined the first "Break Your Walls" peace camp in Germany, a project that aims to promote peaceful coexistence, acceptance of differences and harmony between peoples of different religions and cultures. During the weeklong programme, the young adults could explore interactive group processes, relaxation exercises, and cultural activities to bridge differences. They learned new ways to cope better with stress, conflict, negative emotions, and how to deal with pressure. The camp's programme was especially designed to strengthen human values and develop inner peace within each individual, thus spreading the harmony in the diversity and creating excellence in life.
Main Focus Countries of Activities
Sri Lanka - India - World - World - World - World - World - Oppenau, Germany