Venerable Lung-po Chaokhun Phra Tepvaraporn (Im Arindhamo), is the founder of Wat Florida Dhammaram. Over a decade ago, Lung-po visited faithful lay-devotees in Florida and saw the need of a Buddhist monastery in the Central Florida area. With approval from the late abbot of Wat Sommanat Vihara, the Venerable Chaokhun Somdej Phra Wannarat Chop Thitadhammamahathera, he began fund raising in Thailand. In 1993, three monks were sent with the Venerable Prakrupalad Sunnan (now Ven. Chaokhun Phra Vijitrdhammapani, the present abbot) to establish and further the development of Wat Florida Dhammaram.