Illuminated By Orthodoxy: From The Asian East to the Christian East

by Nektarios In the Name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, One God. Growing up I was raised no particular religion and like most modern American families, religion or spirituality in general never played a role in my life up to this particular point in my young life. My father although baptized a Roman Catholic was non-practicing and not even a Christian anymore, my mother was a non-practicing Baptist. My grandmother who I lived with most my life was a devout Roman Catholic from the Philippines but that was the limit of my exposure. My parents didn’t not let me be baptized according to my Grandmothers wishes when I was born. … [Read more...]

The Incredible Tale of Klaus Kenneth

After an incredible, almost unbelievable life, one man tells Theo Panayides how his search for love was finally successful. Klaus Kenneth is God’s gift to newspapers. His life, as he tells it, has been so full of incident and adventure that the only problem for a journalist is how to fit it all in. He was a gang leader at 12, a terrorist at 22 and a junkie at 25. He’s been a Buddhist monk, a Hindu mystic and an occultist in Central America. He’s known Andreas Baader (of Baader-Meinhof fame) and Mother Teresa. The biography on his website (www.klauskenneth.com) offers more talking-points than could ever be encompassed in a single interview. … [Read more...]

From The Buddha To Christ

by Johan Trisanjaya From the Buddha to Christ—A Young Man’s Journey to the Ancient Christian Church My name is Johan Trisanjaya. I am of Javanese ethnicity  in Indonesia. I was born in 1982 in the village of Prigi in Central Java. I was raised in a Buddhist family; my father  is a government servant and my mother is a house wife. Most people in our village are Muslim, but many adhere  to Buddhism. As a Buddhist, I was so active that I was appointed as the President of the Buddhist Youth Association. The essence of Buddhist teaching is “to love without limit”,  where the law of deeds (“karma”) is emphasized, in which  all our … [Read more...]

Through the Eastern Gate

From Tibetan Buddhism to Orthodox Christianity by Nilus Stryker I had been a Buddhist for ten years. I was ordained after seven years of study with my teacher in a small family line of the Nyingma Lineage of Vajarayana (Tibetan ) Buddhism. I had a Spiritual Master in that lineage whom I loved and still love. He was, and continues to be an example of kindness in my life. It was through his instruction that I began to see the world with wider eyes and heart. I was ordained as a Ngakpa in the Nyingma Lineage. A Ngakpa is a tantric (priest) ordination that, though there are vows (damsig), those vows are not based on celibacy nor … [Read more...]