data of Ven. Piyadassi Maha Thera
Maha Thera Piyadassi is a Buddhist monk, a native of Sri Lanka,
a land that has fostered Buddhism for close to 2, 300 years. He
was educated in Nalanda College, one of the important centres
of Buddhist education in Sri Lanka, and thereafter at the University
of Sri Lanka. At the age of twenty he entered the Buddhist Order
and mastered the religion and philosophy of Buddhism under the
tutorship of Venerable Vajiranna, a Sangha Nayaka, founding superior
of the Vajirarama, Colombo, a most well-known authority on Buddhism.
He also attended the Center for the Study of World Religions at
Harvard University, USA, as a research student.
Venerable Maha Thera Piyadassi is one of the world's most eminent
Buddhist monks, a highly revered teacher of great renown, an indefatigable
worker for the Buddha Dhamma. In his long years of service to
the Dhamma he has represented Sri Lanka at several international
religious and cultural conferences. Having traveled widely carrying
the message of the Buddha Dhamma, both to the East and to West,
he is able to write in a style that has universal appeal.