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2024-02-24 00:08

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.



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