Have you ever ventured to Mims, Florida?
Many people don’t know of its rich history, majestic nature or picturesque farmhouses. Can you see yourself driving down US Highway 1 on a clear summer morning? The sun rises over the Indian River filling the sky with an indigo glow that turns into a bright blue reflection of water. Where shall you go first? Berry picking? A salt lake? Searching for Bigfoot? Let’s discover some highlights from this home to more than 7,000 residents on Florida’s Space Coast.
You don’t have to practice Buddhism to appreciate the beauty and tranquility of this monastery. Wooden signs posted to the trees lead you from the front gate to the grounds. Phrases such as “Right Speech,” “Right Action,” and “Right Effort,” put you in the right frame of mind. Massive granite statues line a central lake, taking your breath away, along with the three largest granite Buddha statues in the state. Interested in meditation? Weekly services, held in Vietnamese and English, are open to the public, just like the weekly grounds-keeping activities. Hey, this place doesn’t stay beautiful all on its own. It’s amazing how in the same space where kindness is practiced, a tragedy of hatred happened. Keep reading to find out.