A.T. Ariyaratne Charitable Trust

How Vishva Niketan came about ?

Vishva Niketan is the brainchild of Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, the founder and president of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, Sri Lanka. Upon receiving the Niwano Peace Prize from Japan in 1992 and the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize from India in 1996 for his relentless endeavours of peace making, it was Dr. Ariyaratne’s utmost wish to convert this recognition given to him into seeds for further cultivating inner and outer peace through spiritual awakening.

Vishva Niketan peace centre was thus formed by the A. T. Ariyaratne Charitable Trust with the funds received from the Niwano and the Gandhi Peace Awards to continue supporting Dr. Ariyaratne’s vision of the Awakening of All-‘Sarvodaya’.