Bon Leader Visits Pittsburgh

This is a reblog from a June 9, 2011 story I did but it is still relevant.

Buddhism in Pittsburgh

I sat quietly as His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima, the 33rd Gyalwa Menri Trizin (the world wide spiritual leader of the Bon tradition of Tibet and abbot of Menri Monastery new Dolanji, India) offered me a bowl of almonds from a simple wooden bowl. An attending monk offered me tea, while another fetched a small container and offered it to His Holiness.

His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima, the 33rd Gyalwa Menri Trizin

Inside was a small hearing aid, and as the 86-year-old monk inserted it into his ear he smiled. “The Western system. Everything going on with a machine. Old people with machines … In India we do not have very many of these machines … But people are still very happy.”

Simple and happy are two words that easily describe this leader of the oldest faith in Tibet. His Holiness spoke as a simple monk who was the most approachable person in the room, and yet it was…

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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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