Sarvodaya’s founder Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne visited Jaffna recently. These are some photos from his trip. Some of the stops included the Sarvodaya District Centre and a livelihood development centre.
The leader of an influential Sri Lankan Buddhist movement discusses war, religion and why monks shouldn’t get involved in politics.
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Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, a Gandhi International Peace Prize winner who has dedicated his life to the non-violent transformation of societies beginning with his war-torn homeland of Sri Lanka was recognized as an Hon. Orary Fellow of the University of Bridgeport’s International College for his lifelong efforts for peace work.
Dr. AT Ariyaratne was the chief guest at the Convocation ceremony held on the 18th October 2006, at the Gujarat Vidyapeeth – Ahmedabad – India, founded by Mahathma Gandhi in 1920. Dr. Ariyaratne delivered the keynote address while the Vice-Chancellor of Professor Sudarsha Iyenger presided over the function.
Dr. AT Ariyaratne Founder President of the Sarvodaya Movement was honored with 2006 Mahatma Gandhi Award for Reconciliation and Peace in Durban – South Africa on the 13th of September. Mrs. Ela Gandhi – granddaughter of Mahatma, presented the award at a ceremony held at the prestigious City Hall – Durban amidst a large gathering. Deputy Mayor of the Durban city Hon. Naidu was the chief guest. This year’s award was coincided with the 100 year celebration of the Satyagraha.
Amid reports of suicide bombings and shelling going on in Sri Lanka, a diminutive man steps up on a podium at the George Ignatieff theatre at the University of Toronto in Canada. He is surrounded by the ambassadors and councilors for Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan; respected academics and University Presidents; all assembled in solemn procession to celebrate a lifetime of enlightened service to a country and people badly in need not only of the barest necessities of life, but a compassionate vision that strives toward unity and acceptance of one and all. In his soft yet vibrant voice he reminds us all that before attempting to change the world, we must change ourselves: “Metta” he tells us, is the practice of compassionate action towards all living beings. “Respect all life”, says Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne and the tragic irony of his words is not lost on us.
The University of Toronto in Canada has selected Dr A. T. Ariyaratne (Founder & President) of the Sarvodaya Movement to receive the “Acharya Sushil Kumar International Peace Award” for the year 2005.
During the year 2003, Prof. Joan Tolengy received the International Peace Award, while in the year 2004, His Holiness Dalai Lama received the International Peace Award. The third personality who has been selected to receive this Award is Dr A. T. Ariyaratne.
Sarvodaya founder and President Dr .A. T. Ariyaratne, Executive Director, Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne and Head of the Field Operations Unit, Mr.Subasena de Silva took part in several events in Japan…
Sarvodaya leader Dr.A.T.Ariyaratne, Dr.Vinya Ariyaratne, Executive Director and Mr.Subesena de Silva attended the 88th Birthday Celebration of Rev.Takeyasu Miyamoto, Leader of Myochikai, President of Arigatou Foundation and Founder of Global Network of Religion…
Sarvodaya Leader Dr.A.T.Ariyaratne continues with his trip to Japan meeting various Sarvodaya friends and supporters, and lecturing at important public gatherings. On 16th May 2005, he participated as a panelist at a public symposium organized by the Arigatou Foundation at the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo…