At the age of six, he was sent to the monastic school to learn the three R’s (Elementary reading, writing and arithmetic) in the Myanmar language. He was ordained a novice at the Sagaing Hills when he was ten years old. His preceptor was Sayadaw U Canda, well-known as the “Sankin Sayadaw”, the presiding monk of the prestigious “Vipassanā” monastery. He was given the ecclesiastical name of “Nandamāla”.
Ashin Nandamāla started to learn the Pāḷi language and the basic Buddhist scriptures under the tutelage of his own elder brother, Sayadaw U Nārada.
- The Biography of the Master (1970)
- The Life and Literature of Shwehintha Sayadaw (1979)
- The 90 Years of Life of Daw Malayee (1975)
- The Hundred Verses on the Life of the Master (1970)
- The Hundred Verses on the Life of the Thera (1985)
- The Exposition of True Meaning (Paramattha dīpanī) with Critical Introduction to the Text (Thesis for the degree of Master of Philosophy)
- Buddhism and Vegetarianism (1990)
- The Three Meritorious Actions in Buddhism (1992)
- Mettā (1994)
- The Fundamental Abhidhamma (including a chapter on the History of Abhidhamma) (1997)
- A Study of Jainism according to Buddhist Literature (Thesis for the degree of Ph.d., 2001)
- Patthann Myat Desana (Discourse on Paṭṭhāna, 2004) 13. The Dhamma mirror (2004)