Autobiography of Dhammaviman Sayadaw U Nandavamsa
I am Ven. U Nandavamsa, a Buddhist monk from Myanmar (Burma). I am working for Myanmar Buddhist Association and Buddhist community in North Carolina, the U.S.A, as a spiritual leader. I was born in 1961, Tabayin, Sagaing, Burma, became a Buddhist novice at the age 12 and was ordained as a Bhikkhu (monk) in 1981. I received higher Buddhist religious education from Visuddharama Monastic Pali Institute in Mandalay, Burma, Buddhist and Pali University and University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka. I obtained B.A and two M.A Degrees in Pali and Buddhist Studies. I have been in the U.S.A since 1998 and established 1st Myanmar Buddhist Monastery in Jamestown, North Carolina, in 2005. I have been teaching Pali, and Theravada Buddhism in Burmese and English since 1981. I, particularly, practice Karuna (Compassion) meditation, while I am fighting for freedom from sufferings in and around me. I enjoy helping poor and needy. I am a strong suppoter of Human Rights and Justice. I prefer reading books on Biography, Religion, Politics and Poem. For me, the most admired historical ones are (1)Gotama Buddha, (2)Maha Moggaliputta Tissa Thera, (3)Ananda Thera, (4) King Bimbisara, King Asoka, Visakha, (5) Ladi Sayadaw, Manlee Sayadaw, U Vicittasara Thera (First Tipitakadhara), U Setthilabhivamsa Thera, Malaysia-Penang Sayadaw U Pannavamsa (6)King Anawrathar, King Alaungphayar, Thakhin Ko Taw Hmine, General Aung San, Daw Aung San Sukyi, (7) Mikhail Goberchov, John McCain, Laura Bush, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Google’s Founders. I, absolutely, accept that all conditional phanomena are impermanent (anicca) said by the Buddha.