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


Born Joshua Hudson, Reverend Sumitta (his ordained name) finished a twenty-year career as a military photo-journalist, and became a Licensed Social Worker with continuing studies in Mental Health, Healthcare Advocate, and Buddhist Minister. Currently, he works as the Director of Psychological Health and Primary Prevention of Violence for the U.S. Air Force. Previously, he served as the healthcare patient advocate for the Veterans Healthcare Administration, and is a License Clinical Social Worker, with a Master’s in Clinical Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, working as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor, public speaker, trainer and personal/family advisor. His dharma name "Sumitta," which translates to "Good Friend" in Pali.


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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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