Bopitiye Dhammissara Nayaka Thera turned 72 on September 7. Bopitiye Dhammashesara Thera, shines among the scholarly Buddhist monks in the country at present.
He was born to Vidaneelage Don Sutheris Appuhamy and Rosalena Nona in Bopitiya, Matugama, Kalutara. He was ordained under the tutelage of Molligoda Dhammarashe Thera and received higher ordination at the Malwatte Maha Viharaya on June 20 in1975.
He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Peradeniya. Thereafter he taught at many schools in the country including Dharmapala Vidyalaya, Bandarawela, Peradeniya Dharmapala Vidyalaya and retired from the Vidyodaya Dharmapala Vidyalaya in Wadduwa. He is a dedicated monk and has engaged in serving the Sasana from the Samudrarama Maha Viharaya, Wadduwa. He was also a pioneer in the creation of the All Ceylon National Poets’ Conference. He was also instrumental in providing hostel facilities to nearly 40 bhikkus at the Siri-Mihindu Pirivena. Bopitiye Dhammissara Thera also has engaged in social work under Ven. Meetiyagoda Gunaratana and Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Theras.