Ashin Nandamāla was born on 22nd March 1940 at the village of Nyaung-bin in Sint-ku, Mandalay, the Union of Myanmar. His parents were U San Hla and Daw Khin, who were pious Buddhists.
At the age of six, he was sent to the monastic school to learn the three R’s (Elementary reading, writing and arithmetic) in the Myanmar language. He was ordained a novice at the Sagaing Hills when he was ten years old. His preceptor was Sayadaw U Canda, well-known as the “Sankin Sayadaw”, the presiding monk of the prestigious “Vipassanā” monastery. He was given the ecclesiastical name of “Nandamāla”.
Ashin Nandamāla started to learn the Pāḷi language and the basic Buddhist scriptures under the tutelage of his own elder brother, Sayadaw U Nārada.
Ashin Nandamāla is one of the founders of the Buddhist Teaching Centre, Mahā...