Dr Nandamalabhivamsa was born in Myanmar on 22 March 1940 and was ordained as a Novice Monk at the age of 10. At 16, he was conferred Dhammacariya (Teacher of the Dhamma) by the Government of Myanmar and at 21 he was conferred Abhivamsa (Higher Lineage).
He obtained an M.A. degree from Kelaniya University, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and a Ph.D. from Magadh University in Bodh-Gaya, Vihar, India. In 2000 he was conferred the title
"Aggamahapandita" (Senior Scholar) by the Government of Myanmar.
Dr Nandamalabhivamsa is one of the founders of Buddhist Teaching Centre, Maha Subhodhayon in Sagaing, Myanmar, where about two hundred monks receive education in Buddhist Philosophy and Buddhist Literature annually.
Since 2003, he has been travelling regularly to Europe to conduct Abhidhamma courses.
In 1997 he was appointed the Rector of the Sitagu International Buddhist Academy in Sagaing. In 2005 he was appointed the Rector of the International Theravada Buddhist Mission University (ITBMU), the post he now holds.