Mims, Florida: Three Biggest Buddhas in Florida

At a rural Vietnamese Buddhist monastery, reclining Buddha is 35 feet long and weighs 40 tons; Mother Avalokitesvara is 32 feet tall and weighs 60 tons; and meditating Buddha is 35 feet tall and weighs 200 tons.

White Sands Buddhist Center

4640 Knost Drive, Mims, FL
White Sands Buddhist Center. I-95 exit 223. Drive east 1.5 miles on W. Main St. Turn left at the stoplight onto US Hwy 1. Drive north five miles. Turn left at the gas station onto Aurantia Rd. Drive one mile. Turn left at the little ship's wheel sign into the gravel driveway. This leads to the Buddhist Center and the statues, which are not visible from the road.
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Buddha statue.

Three Biggest Buddhas in Florida

These whole temple grounds are wonderful! Many meditation benches are being installed around the property, each with a positive word or phrase etched into it. And there's a newly installed giant brass bell they allow you to ring with a long, 5-foot swinging pole.

[Randy Hoopes, 02/08/2020]

Reclining Buddha.

Three Biggest Buddhas in Florida

Don't blink or you'll miss it! If you're traveling west on Aurantia Rd. and reach the I-95 underpass, you've gone a hair too far.

The driveway takes you through a jungled canopy lined with cheery sayings like "Every step of the journey is the journey." The entire monastery complex is lovely and peaceful, and the three Buddhas are worth the trip.

Beware of the wasp nests surrounding the middle Buddha.

[Bobb Robinson, 07/26/2015]

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