|Hammalawa Saddhatissa Thero|
Hammalawa, Sri Lanka
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The Ven. Prof. Hammalawa Saddhatissa Maha Thera (1914–1990) was an ordained Buddhist monk and author from Sri Lanka, educated in Benares, London, and Edinburgh. He was a contemporary of and in many ways equal to Ven. Prof. Walpola Rahula, also of Sri Lanka.
Ven. Saddhatissa was born in Hammalawa, a small town in N.W. Sri Lanka in 1914 and ordained as a novice monk there in 1926. In his youth he was active in both the Mahabodhi Society and the work of B.R. Ambedkar. In 1957 he would travel to London at the request of the Mahabodhi Society and would live the rest of his life in the West, including time teaching in Canada.
Spending years at SOAS, the University of London, Saddhatissa developed a sensitivity to Western philosophical discourse. He thus developed his thought, specifically in Buddhist ethics, with both traditional training and Western thought in mind. His primary Western influence (in Buddhist Ethics at least) appears to be Th. Stcherbatsky, followed by the French philologist La Vallée Poussin.
His main interest was in staying close to the 'lived expression' of Buddhism as opposed to abstract academic theorizing.
"Unlike other expositors of Buddhism -- for example, some representatives of the Cha'n and Zen traditions, who sometimes regard moral practice as a kind of preliminary to the meditational practice of mindfulness, and who take enlightenment to be a kind of epistemological transformation, a new and holistic way of seeing reality -- Saddhatissa regards moral practice and the practice of mindfulness as a seamless whole."
"The Buddha's Way"
Before He Was Buddha: The Life of Siddhartha with Jack Kornfield (2000) ISBN 1-56975-230-3
Buddhist Ethics (1970) (1987) and (1997 & 2003) ISBN 0-86171-124-6
A Buddhist's Manual (1976) ASIN: B000YH9HP8
Dependent Origination (.pdf) (1989)
Buddhist Ethics, reviewed by Koller, John M. Philosophy East and West Vol. 50, No. 2 (April 2000) pp. 294–297 
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- Buddhist Ethics (2003) back cover.
- Remembering the Ven. Dr. Hammalawa Saddhatissa Thera
- ibid. Introduction to 3rd edition by Charles Hallisey
- The Sri Lankan Sunday Observer
- Buddhist Ethics see notes
- Koller, John M., Review of Buddhist Ethics, p.295