Why A Chinese Buddhist Became an Orthodox Athonite Monk

by Fr. Libyos On my last trip to Mount Athos I visited the Monastery of Simonopetra. It is a majestic monastery and the sky was fully blue. There I met a graceful novice monk from China. In truth, he surprised me by his presence. An Orthodox rason on a Chinese man? I was moved somewhat. I had never seen this before up close, only in pictures of missions. An inheritor of a great cultural tradition and for him to embrace Christianity? My friends and I got curious to ask him about this. "Brother, how did you, a Chinese man, embrace Orthodox Christian monasticism coming from such a great cultural tradition? Were you a … [Read more...]

How Did I Become An Orthodox Christian Believer?

by Serafim Jens Christian Larsen Late spring 2004, I was going to decide where to spend my summer holiday, it was a tradition in my family, that we use to spend our summer holidays abroad somewhere in Europe. I was a little bit indecisive on where to go that year, and I mentioned it to a friend and he said: I think that you are a person who is able to feel this, and when he said so I knew that I should go to Crete, I felt as a impulse in my body, that told me it would be the right choice. My life situation overall in 2004 was at that time very difficult. I felt I was trapped. For more than 5 years I had not been able to enjoy my life, … [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...]