So today was a special day, well every day is special, but this had a few special elements..
I drove up to Tampa to meet Jules, and knowing that I had some spare time before we were scheduled to meet, I looked up some fun (free) things to do....and I discovered that there is a fabulous Thai Buddhist Temple whose name is: Wat Mongkolratanaram and is
located at Palm River Road - an seemingly unlikely spot, but as you will see, marvelous place
|Offerings (donations) are taped to what I would call a money tree and they are not all one dollar bills...|
|The amazing gilded altar (well, at least the main part) there is waaaaay more...|
|The right side of the altar|
|The left side of the main altar|
|One of the many crystal chandeliers |
This lovely young lady was so happy to have her picture taken, so was so delightful
and her sister, Amanda also was charming...
|The enchanting monk who led us in our chant and meditation-he was so warm and so open to allowing me to take his photo-there was a special essence that emanated from him...|
I was lucky enough to join in the chanting and the meditation led by the monk, a real privilege I must say, makes me want to go Tibet and be around the monks and enlightened ones there..Oh, no, I forgot, I am not travelling for a while, so Tampa will have to be a stand in for Tibet for now...
|close up of one of the altar pieces|
|The main Buddha statue which is gilded with gold leaf|
|this crystal encrusted Buddha was so amazing, I don't think the photo begins to capture how dazzling it was|
|One of many floral offerings decorating the altar|
|a whole bunch of gold Buddhas-what do you call a group of Buddhas? and bunch?|
|The lake on the temple grounds|
|Benches line the path of the lake and each one bears a name plate, some in|
|If you are lucky enough to be in the area, and want to know more about this fab place, their website is http://wattampainenglish.com/|