Abbot Tryphon of the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery, Vashon Island, WA

For those inclined to reading daily spiritual blogposts and listening to podcasts, Abbot Tryphon of the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island has one called The Morning Offering:

I came across Abbot Typhon in a joint panel he was presenting with Fr. Seraphim Cardoza of St Innocent's Orthodox Church in Oregon.

Below are a selection of the Abbot's reflections. Abbot Tryphon was raised Lutheran, then he became a clinical psychologist (both lecturing and in private practice) getting involved in Zen Buddhism during his undergraduate coursework years. Less than a decade later, from what I can deduce from his talks online, he returned to Christ, converting to Eastern Orthodoxy.

Abbot Tryphon speaks frankly, from experience, and with grace. He speaks authentically and from the heart with a great sense of humour and warmth. I personally appreciate his fundamental message- we need to embrace all people, and to love all people.