Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement Founder and Buddhist Leader Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne Has Died in Sri Lanka, Aged 92

As the most prominent and internationally renowned socially engaged Buddhists in Sri Lanka, Dr. Ariyaratne built the foundation for the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, a grassroots humanitarian organization that has been active throughout Sri Lanka since 1958, and that has grown into the nation’s largest and most broad-based community-development NGO.

Sarvodaya Shramadana, a self-governance movement, takes an integrated approach to development based on community participation, self-reliance, and sustainability, and founded on the concept of “sharing of labour, thought, and energy for the awakening of all.” In promoting spiritual and cultural development, the movement has built a successful rural economic empowerment program based on micro-finance and developing entrepreneurship, benefiting more than 15,000 underprivileged communities in Sri Lanka.


So sorry to hear this. Dr Ariyaratana was a true original, a dedicated, sincere and insightful man whose service to his country and the dhamma is incalculable. I had the honour of meeting him a couple of times. He always had a twinkle in his eye and a plan to change things for the better. The world is a little dimmer for his absence.