Sayadaw Bhaddanta Kaythawa was born on Monday, the 2nd waxing day of Taboung in 1300 of the Burmese calendar year ( March 6th 1939) to U Hnyum and Daw Dwe from The Su Village, Winndwin Township, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar).He obtained Samanera (Novice) at the age of thirteen, under the preceptor-ship ofVenerable Bhaddanta Thawmana Abbot of Kyaungthit Monastery. And later ordained as a monk at the same monastery. His supporters of the four requisites were U Bo Thwe and Daw Mya.
He studied Buddhist scriptures under Kyaungthit Sayadaw of Winndwinn, Set Oo Sayadaw of Meikhtilar, Wai Pon La Sayadaw of Meikhtilar, and Bingalar Sayadaw of Yangon.
He also contributed by teaching Buddhist scriptures while he was in Set Oo Monastery of Meikhtila, Bingalar monastery of Yangon and Aye Nyein Chantha Dhamma Yeiktha of Yangon. In August 1st 1978, he came to the United States along with Taung Pulu Sayadawgyi U Nandeeya and stayed back to further his studies as well as to teach the Burmese religious scriptures. Since 1991, he has been resident Abbot of the Bur-mese Buddhist Temple in Chicago.
He has also organized the establishments of the Dhammarekkhita Buddhist Monastery in Fort Wayne, Indiana . and the Taung Pulu Monastery in Bolder Creek, California. He has extensively travelled to Europe, Japan, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand, spreading Buddhism. He has achieved Associates Degree (AA) in general studies and arts from Truman College of Chicago, Illinois USA. He was honored with the Aggamahapandita Title by the Burmese Buddhist Council in Myanmar on January 4th 2005.