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.
I was very honored to be chosen for this position.