Since 2005, Venerable Punyasiri is the incumbent abbot of Maithree Vihara.
His principal Buddhist teacher is the Ven. Aparekke Punyasiri Thero, Abbot of Maithri Vihara. While Dhammaananda was a resident of South India, he studied Yoga and Meditation with TKV Desikachar.
Dhammaananda Bhikkhu was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He became Buddhist at 14 and attended college in Boston Massachusetts. Following graduation he moved to South India where he was a teacher for several years. Prior to ordination as a Theravada Monk, he had a secular career as an Analyst underwriting complex commercial transactions for financial institutions throughout the State of California.