Venerable Sayadaw U Pannavamsa was born at Wakema, Burma on 10 January 1928. He was ordained as a novice at the age of fourteen and received higher ordination as Bhikkhu on 16 April 1948. He studied Pali and Buddhism in Wakema, Yandoon and Mandalay. In 1953, he passed Dhammacariya, the highest examination in Pali, with distinction. The government of Burma awarded him the degree of Sasanadaja Siripavara Dhammacariya.
In 1954, he was selected by the Government of Burma for missionary work in Coco Island. He extended his missionary work to Sri Lanka and Andaman Islands. He successfully organized and founded the Andaman Buddhist Mission. Then he went to Madras to supervise thirteen branches of Buddhist missionaries in Southern India. From 1965 to 1969 he was back in Rangoon to serve as a lecturer at the Aungmingalasiddhi monastery. In 1970, he was selected by the Government of Burma to succeed the resident Chief Monk of the Burmese Buddhist Temple, Penang, Malaysia.
In Malaysia, during 1970 to 1979, he served as a religious advisor to the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia and as chief examiner of the Malaysia Buddhist examination syndicate. He founded the Sunday Buddhist Institute, an organization for the study of Buddhism and meditation.
He became a lecturer in Buddha Abhidhamma at the University of Oriental Studies, Los Angeles, in 1979. Then he was selected as vice-president of the Buddhist Sanga Council of Southern California. He founded the International Burmese Buddhist Sangha Organisation in 1985.
He built Burmese Buddhist Monasteries in Los Angeles, Sydney, Chicago, Toranto, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Rangoon and Auckland during 1979 to 2002.
He wrote books in English including Maha Paritta Pali Sacred Verses, The Dawn of Buddhism, The Ten Perfections.
Burmese Government conferred on him the religious titles of Agga Maha Pandita and Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika in 1994 and 1998 respectively.
Sayadaw Gyi, at the age of 90, has passed away peacefully in Penang on the morning of 24 November 2017.
Temples Built by Sayadaw U Pannavamsa
1979 The Burmese Buddhist Monastery in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
1986 The Buddhist Monastery in Sydney, Australia.
1987 The Buddhist Temple in Chicago, U.S.A.
1987 The Mahadhammika Buddhist Temple, Toranto, Canada.
1991 The Burmese Buddhist Temple, Singapore.
1999 The Myanmar Malaysia Buddhist Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1999 The Maha Santisukha Buddha Sasana Center, Rangoon, Burma.
2002 The Ratana-Dipa Buddhist Temple, Auckland, New Zealand.
Books Written by Sayadaw U Pannavamsa
1973 Hand book of Buddhist Recitation.
1976 The Essential of Buddhism
1990 Dhammikarama Abhidhamma Pali Chanting
1995 The Ten Perfections
1998 The Book on Pairs (Yamaka) Vol.1
1999 The Literal Teaching of the Buddha, Part 1
2000 The Compendium of Buddhism
2002 Dawn of Buddhism
2003 Maha Paritta Sacred Verses