Buddhist Community Grows in South Florida Along with Thai Temple

December 28, 2007

Author: Suzette Laboy

Source: The Associated Press


HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Between the alligator-infested Florida Everglades and the craziness of Miami Beach lies a peaceful centre surrounded by tomato and fruit farms.

Wat Buddharangsi, a Thai Buddhist temple, is unexpectedly found on two hectares in the rural town of Homestead, a short drive from Miami. To get there, you have to take the roads just off U.S. 1 that surround dozens of farm and fruit trees, dominated by immigrants who work in the fields. Across the corner is one house with the American flag waving in the light breeze, life-size statues of soldiers standing in the front yard.

For several years now, though, the area has been visited by Buddhist followers seeking a serene environment to pray and meditate.