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Born in the district of Kandy, Sri Lanka, Bhante Dhammawansha became a monk at the age of 16. He studied at the Buddhist University where he received a B.A. degree in Buddhism, History, Ethics and the languages of Sanskrit and Pali. His travels have taken him to Scandinavia, Russia, Australia, India, Nepal and Thailand where he has taught the Dhamma (the truth taught by the Buddha). He traveled to the U.S.A. for a personal retreat in 1996 and now conducts buddhist counseling, engages in social and interfaith work, and presents dhamma talks to high school students and drug/alcohol rehabilitation centers
Bhante Dhammawansha, whose quiet, kindly nature welcomes all, is the Dhamma Wheel Meditation Society’s president and inspiring teacher.
Bhante is usually available for conversation and questions after the Society's meditation sessions and events.