St. John's Order is a religious community founded in the late 1960s by Bishop Dr. Ajari Pemchekov. He descended from the Russian Lamaist tradition and Russian Old Believers of Siberia, a unique place where various religious traditions lived side by side in harmony, i.e., Christianity, Buddhism, and Shamism.
Dr. Ajari was a charismatic man of profound religious experience, wisdom, and vision. He sought to plant the seeds of esoteric dharma in the West, reconciling those teachings with people's Christian background. He assimilated and synthesized teachings of Christianity with those of Tibet and Japan through his own spiritual practice. He brought religious students together to live in a community where we could study and pursue religious teachings.
Tibetan teachings are readily available here in the West, as is orthodox Christianity, but Japanese esotericism has rarely been taught. We provide a unique opportunity to study all three. Daily practice consists of meditation, chanting, and liturgical and devotional worship. Meditation and liturgical rites are open to the public.
Two sisters of the order, longtime members of the community, provide leadership and continue to hand down teachings to others. Community members help maintain the residence, feed the homeless, visit the sick, participate in devotional worship, and receive spiritual training.
We are vegetarian and do not allow smoking, alcohol, or drugs on the premises.
We welcome new members to share the joys of spiritual communal life, learning how to love and help others.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)