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.