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Wat Tampa is located at 5306 Palm River Road in Tampa, FL.  The contact telephone number is (813) 621-1669.

The Temple grounds are open from about 9am until 6:00pm. Hand cleaning, temperature checking, social distancing, and face masks must be observed at all times.

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Wat Tampa was sponsored by the King of Thailand in the mid-1980's.  The temple architecture is very similar to the major Buddhist Temples in Thailand but on a much smaller scale.

Click  https://www.renown-travel.com/temples/templeterminology.html  to launch a page explaining the function and use of the buildings on Royal temple grounds.

Wat Mongkolratanaram of Florida (or Wat Tampa as it is commonly referred to) is a Theravada Buddhist Temple.for religious ceremonies, meditation, and Dhamma (teachings of Buddha) study.

Many of the visitors to Wat Tampa ask about attending religious services. Religious services are conducted every Sunday at Wat Tampa from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM. The services typically include chanting, sermon, and meditation. The services are conducted in Pali. You are invited to observe the services but there are a few customs that you should be aware of when attending.

  • Before entering the temple please remove your shoes and neatly place them at the bottom of the steps leading into the temple.
  • Do not point your feet at the Buddha images or Monks. This is a sign of disrespect.
  • It is important to note that a woman must never touch a monk.  Instead of handing anything directly to a monk, use a male intermediary, or place the item on a table. If the monk is seated, place the item on a cushion or the floor in front of the monk.
  • Do not touch, pose with or frolic about in front of Buddha images. Treat them with reverence and respect.
  • Please wear appropriate clothing. Clothing that should not be worn include shorts, low cut dresses. or short skirts. Shirts are required.
  • Do not lay down, sprawl, or lounge on the floor.
  • Do not walk on the mats where the Monks sit.
  • Be courteous and considerate at all times
  • Sit silently during mediation.
  • Make sure your cell phone is off during the services
  • Be respectful of Thai customs and traditions. In Thailand, the feet are considered the ‘lowest’ part of the body, and it is polite to avoid pointing them at other people.

You may also visit the main Temple anytime the Temple grounds are open to the public. Please follow the customs listed above when entering the main Temple.

We are honored to have you visit our Temple. Please take a moment to sign the guest book in the back of the Temple. You may also want to take some of the free literature on the table where the guest book is located.



 Week of May 25, 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015




Sunday Market


Buddha Learning Group



Religious Service 


 Buddha Learning Group (BLG)

The Buddha Learning Group meets in the Main Temple every Sunday between 11:30am and 12:45pm for a Q&A session on Buddhism, Thai culture and history of Wat Tampa.

Are there topics or questions you would like to find the answers to? We are soliciting your input for topics or questions you have. Please use the Contact Us or Feedback links to submit your topics or questions. Your input is greatly appreciated and will be covered during the next Buddha Learning group. 

Visit http://buddhanet.net  for easy to read and understandable information on Buddhism.   

In particular, http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/basic-guide.htm provides links to a number of excellent resources for someone new to learning about Buddhism.   

 Visakha Puja Day - May 31, 2015

The three significant separate events are:

  • The Buddha was born  on this day. Buddha was born into a royal family in what is now Nepal.
  • The Buddha achieved "The Enlightenment" (NIRVANA) on the same day
  • He passed away at age 80 in India.

In his early years he lived a life of luxury and was shielded from the life of misery that most of the kingdom’s people lived in. At the age of 29 he left this life of luxury and studied the practices of Brahmin ascetics who denied themselves all but the most vital essentials of life. Eventually he rejected this practice and practice the "middle way" – a simple rational life of moderation. At the age of 39 he attained enlightenment. His discovery is referred to as the four noble truths:

  • The Noble Truth of Suffering
  • The Noble Truth of the Origin of Suffering
  • The Noble Truth of Extinction of Suffering
  • The Noble Truth of the Path leading to the Extinction of Suffering

Activities for the day:

10:30am     Chanting the eight precepts

11:00am     Public Alms giving ceremony

1:00 pm      Viskha Puja Day sermon & meditation

2:00 pm      Candle light procession around the Temple


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Asalha Puja Day

The Buddhist Lent starts on the first day of the waning moon of the eighth lunar month. The tradition of Buddhist Lent or the annual three-month Rains Retreat, known in Thai as "PHUN SAA", dates back to the time of early Buddhism in ancient India. All holy men, mendicants and sages spent three months of the annual rainy season in permanent dwellings. They avoided unnecessary travel during this period when crops were still new for fear they might accidentally step on young plants. In deference to popular opinion, Lord Buddha decreed that his followers should also abide by this ancient tradition, and they began to gather in-groups of simple dwellings.

The typical activites for Asalha Puja Day include:

  • Monks will recite the Eight Precepts.
  • Congregation will give alms to the monks.
  • A monk will give a Sermon and lead a Meditation.
  • Monks will chant in Sanskrit and lead the lit candle procession three times around the Temple.





TimeEnglish-language Activity
11:30am - 12:45pm Q&A in Temple
1:00pm - 2:00pm  Sunday Service

Most Sundays a representative will be in the main Temple between 11:30am and 12:45pm to answer questions on the Temple and Temple activities including BASIC Buddhism, the history of Wat Tampa, and Thai culture.

Regular Buddhist services are held every Sunday at 1:00 PM. The services are conducted in Pali but you are invited to attend. Chairs are provided for those who have difficulty sitting on the floor. The service usually lasts about one hour and includes chanting and meditation (1:30pm-2:00pm). An English-language chanting guide is available for your use during the services.

Please remove your shoes before entering the Temple and follow the Temple rules of etiquette which can be viewed by clicking here . If you decide to leave prior to the end of the service, please close the Temple door so as not to disturb the service.

Additional services are usually part of the religious celebtrations listed in the Special Events part of the web site.

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