Bhante Dammawansha was born in Sri Lanka.
Bhante was ordained at the age of 16. After ordination, Bhante continued his education at the Buddhist University, where he received a B.A. degree in Buddhism, History, Ethics and the languages of Sanskrit and Pali (the language of Buddha).
After doing missionary work in Scandinavia and Australia, Bhante traveled to the United States in 1996 for a personal retreat. While here he decided that he would stay in the U.S. and continue the teachings of Buddha. Thus, the Dhamma Wheel Meditation Society was formed in Clearwater, FL and is open for people from all religions and walks of life to learn meditation techniques and the teachings of the Buddha.
Bhante engages in social and interfaith work and presents Dhamma talks at colleges, high schools, mental health and rehab centers, as well as other churches. He is also available for private counseling and discussion. He travels all over the world, where his quiet, kindly nature makes him accessible to all and an inspiration to many.