History and Development of Wat Florida Dhammaram

 

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Venerable Chaokhun Phra Depvaraporn

Founder of Wat Florida Dhammaram

 

Kuti Samakkinaruemitr

 

 

 

Phra Dasapalayaan

 

Wat Florida Dhammaram is a Theravada Buddhist monastery of the Dhammayut-nikaya sect of Thailand. The founder of this monastery is the Venerable Chaokhun Phra Tepvaraporn (Im Arindhamo), known affectionately as “Lung-po” (Venerable Grandfather), who is presently the Vice-Abbot of Wat Sommanat Vihara in Bangkok, Thailand. Over a decade ago, Lung-po visited faithful lay-devotees in Florida and saw the need for a Buddhist monastery in the Central Florida area. With approval from the late abbot of Wat Sommanat Vihara, the Venerable Chaokhun Somdej Phra Wannarat Jub Thitadhammamahathera, Lung-po began fund raising in Thailand. An agreement was made on July 25, 1992 to purchase a two-acre lot from Khun Uthai Noomnam on Old Vineland Road in Kissimmee Florida with the money raised in Thailand. Lung-po then asked the Thai people in Florida to seek permission to incorporate to have a Buddhist monastery there. The Venerable Abbot of Wat Sommanat Vihara named the monastery "Wat Florida Dhammaram". In 1993, three monks were sent with the Venerable Prakrupalad (Sunan) (now Venerable Chaokun Phra Vijitrdhammapani) to establish and further the development of Wat Florida Dhammaram. The groundbreaking ceremony was on April 15, 1993 and was presided over by ten monks from Thailand. An additional 5.6 acres of land was purchased in January B. E. 2544 (2001). The original building was a small house. But the facilities grew over the years.

Structures:

  • Samakkinaruemitr is the main monks residence located at the front of the monastery property next to the Uposoth. The Building is 3,876 square feet. Was built to house resident and guest monks in B. E. 2538-39 (1995-96).

Wat Florida Dhammaram in 1993

  • The Uposoth (lit. “Observance Day Hall”) is the main temple structure and is 3,680 square feet. Built in B. E. 2539-2540 (1996-97).

The inauguration ceremony for this most significant structure was from the 11th through 17th of May, B. E. 2540 (1997). This event was presided over by 15 monks of significant rank from Thailand and witnessed by approximately 100 additional monks from all parts of Southeast Asia.

The main Buddha image is called Phra Dasapalayaan (Buddha of the Ten Forms of Wisdom) and was donated by Miss Saovarattana Intiyakoseth. The smaller Buddha image below is Phra Nirantarai. The chedi to the right of the shrine contains relics of Lord Buddha, received by The Venerable Chaokun Phra Tepvaraporn from a Sri Lankan monk residing in India.

Venerable Chaokun Phra Vijitrdhammapani

Resident Abbot

Acariya Puja shrine to Somdej Phra WannaratII. The late abbot of Wat Sommanat Vihara.

Auspicious Time for the Uposoth Groundbreaking Ceremony

Phra Nirantarai

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