WAT MONGKOLRATANARAM – Buddhist Temple Tampa, Florida

Riding the small residential roads that follow a by-pass channel can present some very interesting sites. Today’s adventure brought us to a Thai Buddhist Temple in the heart of Tampa. A wonderful place to meditate and take in the beauty of the temple and its people.

As you see above, the Temple is referred to as Wat Mongkolratanaram or Wat Tampa for short.

  • The Wat was established at the present location on May 19, 1981. The lot was 3.3 acres.
  • The Sunday Market started in 1993 with two tables. In 2008 they completed the desk refurbishment. What an improvement!
  • The new temple was dedicated in May of 2007. They had been planning and saving for the Temple since the early 1990s. As you might expect they are extremely proud of the temple.

On a daily basis Buddhist are expected to obey the Five Precepts. These are:

  • Do not kill
  • Do not steal
  • Do not indulge in sexual misconduct
  • Do not make false speech
  • Do not take intoxicants

On special occasions (such as Visakha Puja Day) Buddhist are expected to obey the Eight Precepts. These are:

  • I undertake to abstain from taking life (both human and non-human).
  • I undertake to abstain from taking what is not given (stealing).
  • I undertake to abstain from all sexual activity.
  • I undertake to abstain from telling lies.
  • I undertake to abstain from using intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.
  • I undertake to abstain from eating at the wrong time (the right time is eating once, after sunrise, before noon).
  • I undertake to abstain from singing, dancing, playing music, attending entertainment performances, wearing perfume, and using cosmetics and garlands (decorative accessories).
  • I undertake to abstain from luxurious places for sitting or sleeping.
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