On the occasion of the 60th birthday of Venerable Sayadaw U Jotalankara, a celebration was held at the Dhammanada Vihara on August 16, 1998. There were about 200 people attended and among them were the 15 invited monks from other Bay Area Theravada Buddhist monasteries.
Sayadaw U Jotalankara gave a dhamma talk and Metta Vihari group chanted with Pathana. Sayadaw then presented the invited monks with robes as his donation. Attended public was then fed with vegetarian birayani, and other desserts. At the end of the ceremony Sayadaw shared merit to all. Sayadaw donated back the collected donations on his birthday to the Dekhinayone Monastery in Yagon, Myanmar and for the repair of the main entrance gate of the Dhamicarama Monastery in Laputtalote, Laputta, Myanmar.
Sayadaw arrived in the United States in 1985 to fulfill Venerable Sayadaw U Silanada's mission in propagating of Dhamma and Theravada Buddhism. He taught Theravada Buddhism in Japan for 6 years before coming to the United States. Sayadaw speaks and writes Japanese, English and Myanmar. Sayadaw is the author of Nanpojozabubukkyo (Teaching of Southern Theravada Buddhism, 1985) and Meiso Shidosho (Meditation Instructions, 1998), both in Japanese. He is also a regular author contributing articles in the Dhammanada newsletter. He holds degrees of Sasanadhaja Siripavara Dhammacariya (1965) and Dighanikaya Kovida (1968) from Myanmar.