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« on: May 20, 2010, 08:33:52 AM »

I was able to read one amazing story here http://www.sfaturiortodoxe.ro/orthodox/orthodox_advices_yoga.htm that I could relate to...especially with how this person was missing a connection with a personal God. My background throughout the years studying the world religions has leaned more toward new age/paganism rather than any form of Christianity.  I'm wondering if anyone has any stories or links about people who converted from these kinds of paths to Orthodoxy.  I have been through the years around people who are on the new age/pagan paths---even exposed to people on the magick types of path who seem to hate Chrisitianity but also throughout the years I would in private read inspiring stories about the saints quietly cheering for them and the way they could use even the hard times of life as stepping stones to deepen their connection to God.  People in many of the new age/pagan paths I was around seemed to think I'm a bit crazy when I start talking about saints and how I explained that the sainsts were the happiest people in the world due to the fact that they always knew to put God first even in the most mundane tasks of life. Some of the pagan people who were around me believed that the Christian God was actually the bad guy...that all mainstream religion was bad especially Christianity...and there was just no one I could talk to about saints or the joy of offering even our trials as blessings to bring us closer to God---until I started connecting with the Russian outlook on life.  When I started connecting with Orthodox people, I found how people love talking about the stories of the saints who experience the sincere love of a personal God.  I feel more at home here lately than being around new age/pagan outlooks on life. 
Do you know any stories or links of people who came from this type of background to Orthodoxy and what their experiences were?Huh  I read lots of stories of people who came from a strong Chrisitan background but if anyone knows of any stories from the background I talked about, I'd like to read some of these stories as well.   Please send me some links if you know of any?Huh?  Any more links similar to the story I posted?Huh?
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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2011, 08:11:26 AM »

A Catechmen’s Journey From Hinduism
A Muslim Preacher Converts to Orthodoxy

I can offer you a few sample perceptions that I have developed on the way as to why Orthodox Christianity makes sense to Buddhists

Testimonies: Converting to Eastern Orthodox Christianity
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2011, 08:37:14 AM »

I was not raised with any religion. I was an atheist much of my life, but religion always fascinated me. I eventually explored Daoism and was a Buddhist for a while. I certainly felt the need for a personal God, though, and this drew me to Orthodoxy. Orthodoxy was the first kind of Christianity I seriously explored and, while I looked at other Christian traditions, Orthodoxy is where I kept coming back. My experiences weren't quite as dramatic or intense as those described in the story (I was never so advanced in Buddhism as he was), but the longing was certainly there. I know of at least one other member here who came from Buddhism, but I'll let him speak for himself.
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2011, 12:30:48 PM »


I am an inquirer, and my Japanese wife commented that she liked the prayer rope I had recently purchased. "Very Asian," she commented. I have never been particularly observant of my faith during our marriage, so only recently she and I begun to seriously discuss Christianity. I have found much in traditional Christianity that is similar to Buddhism as practiced in Japan. Of course, a problem has been that she was not raised to be an observant Buddhist, so she had never heard of the things such as Pure Land Buddhism that I thought were such helpful analogues! Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2011, 03:00:37 AM »

Of course, a problem has been that she was not raised to be an observant Buddhist, so she had never heard of the things such as Pure Land Buddhism that I thought were such helpful analogues! Smiley

Very much agree with this statement.

PS: Where do all the people on this forum find these Japanese wives??
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2011, 08:31:35 AM »

Of course, a problem has been that she was not raised to be an observant Buddhist, so she had never heard of the things such as Pure Land Buddhism that I thought were such helpful analogues! Smiley

Very much agree with this statement.

PS: Where do all the people on this forum find these Japanese wives??

You mail order them and they come to you in a Hello Kitty box.
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2011, 09:05:51 AM »

Of course, a problem has been that she was not raised to be an observant Buddhist, so she had never heard of the things such as Pure Land Buddhism that I thought were such helpful analogues! Smiley

Very much agree with this statement.

PS: Where do all the people on this forum find these Japanese wives??

You mail order them and they come to you in a Hello Kitty box.

Now I really want one.
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2011, 11:29:10 PM »

Of course, a problem has been that she was not raised to be an observant Buddhist, so she had never heard of the things such as Pure Land Buddhism that I thought were such helpful analogues! Smiley

Very much agree with this statement.

PS: Where do all the people on this forum find these Japanese wives??

You mail order them and they come to you in a Hello Kitty box.

Now I really want one.
It will also help to never, ever mention animation to them.
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