I am a prolific writer; however, I tend not to write too often about the personal events in my life. I write about the dhamma and how to enrich our lives in the dhamma. However, this past Saturday, after an endorsement by the Venerable Chao Chu of the Rosemead Buddhist Temple (Rosemead, Calif.) and other monastics of the Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California, I was accepted into the International Order of Buddhist Ministers.

This lay ordination as a Buddhist minister, fills a need within the Buddhist communities to such positions as counselors and chaplains. The IOBM is an endorsing body recognized for clinical chaplaincy organizations such as the ACPE, and the U.S. Military.

My role within the Greater Pittsburgh Area will remain mostly the same as a council member of Buddhist Society of Pittsburgh, an attendant at the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center, writer and teacher.

I was very honored to be chosen for this position.

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Categories: Buddha, Dharma, Four Noble Truths, IOBM, Meditation, Noble Eightfold Path, Philosophy, Work


Joshua Hudson is a license clinical social worker with post graduate certificates in mental health. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he has worked as an healthcare advocate for the Department of Veteran Affairs, Director of Psychological Health for the Air Force, in-patient counselor for inpatient adolescents, child and family therapist; and currently is a Prevention Interventionist for the Air Force creating programs to reduce interpersonal and self-directed violence (e.g. Sexual assault, suicide, alcohol abuse, domestic violence, etc.) in the military


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One Comment on “Ordination”

  1. May 25, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    Congratulations on your ordination. I was reading about your ordination through the Facebook group. Congratulations and much success.

    Burt Del Rio

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