Venerable Sayadaw Dr. U Uttara Nyana, head of the Birmingham Buddhist Vihara, was born in Myanmar in 1949. He has studied Theravada Buddhism since childhood under several eminent scholar monks. He passed the higher examination in scriptural studies and was awarded the prestigious titles of Sasanadhaja Dhammacariya (1972) and Sasanadhaja Siripavara-Dhammacariya (1975). He also got B.A. from Yangon University in 1986. In 1992, he went to India for further study and he obtained his M.A. (1994), M.Phil and Tibetan Diploma (1995), PhD (Samgha and Royalty/1998) Degrees from Delhi University in India.
He stayed at Mahasi Meditation Centre in Yangon for three years (1984 / 1986) as meditator and meditation instructor. He worked in the State Pariyatti Sasana University in Mandalay from 1986 to 1992 as Registrar, Professor of Myanmar Literature and Secretary of the Administration and Academic Board.
In 1999 he worked in the Theravada Buddhist Missionary University in Yangon as Dean of the Meditation (Patipatti) Faculty and Secretary of the Text Book Committee till 2003. Myanmar government conferred on him the Religious tittles Mahaganthavacaka Pandita (1992) and Aggamahaganthavacaka Pandita (2002) for his academic activities. He now teaches Majjimanikaya, Pali Grammar, Abhidhamma and Vipassana meditation in Birmingham Buddhist Vihara.UK Some text about U Uttaranyana