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...]

Thai Convert Becomes Orthodox Priest

It is rare in predominantly Buddhist Thailand to find Thai Orthodox Christians, let alone a young Thai from a Buddhist family who has committed himself to becoming a priest in the Russian Orthodox Church. But Danai Wanna, 24, is one such person. He is preparing for ordination as an Orthodox priest, and he expects that to happen in about eight years. Danai already has completed one year of training at a seminary in St. Petersburg, 650 kilometers northwest of Moscow. Lately, he has been on home leave in Bangkok, but he will return to Russia on Aug. 23 to continue his studies in St. Petersburg, which some people call Russia's … [Read more...]

The Himalayan Ascent To Christ

By Ryassophore Monk Adrian When we come to know God as Person, we begin to see His hand at work not only in the circumstances of our daily lives, but also in the events of our past which have led us to the present moment. We see how from partial truths He has led us to the fullness of Truth, and how He continues to lead us into a more profound realization of that Truth. As Fr. Seraphim Rose wrote, when we come to Christ “no real truth we have ever known will ever be lost.” Surrounded by five of the highest peaks in the Himalayas, I was standing at 14,000 feet gazing at the Annapurna mountains as the sun rose. My trek in … [Read more...]