Episode 236 :: Jay Forrest :: Pentecostal Preacher to Secular Buddhist

| December 12, 2015 | 1 Comment


Jay Forrest

Jay Forrest speaks with us about his evolution from a Pentecostal preacher to Secular Buddhist.

Many of you listening to this podcast may have had a deep faith practice before becoming Buddhists, let alone Secular Buddhists. But what’s that look like when you’ve become a teacher, a leader in that tradition, and find you no longer believe?

Jay N. Forrest, D.Min. is a Secular Buddhist who teaches weekly on the popular 5 Minutes Dharma podcast. He is a Certified Meditation Teacher with Aura Wellness Center. He studied a Christian form of Zen with Brian C. Taylor, the former Rector at St Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church, and Insight Meditation with Sally Armstrong, a teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Jay’s background and education is in Christianity. He became a born again Christian in 1983 and soon after he felt the call to the ministry. He did his undergraduate work at Central Bible College and Berean University, and holds a Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Christian University. He also received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity in 1999.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Honey Lime tea.


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Category: The Secular Buddhist Podcast

Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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  1. wcburket says:

    Great interview Ted. I think that many of us who came from religious backgrounds have a problem with self identification. Many Buddhist will say we are not true Buddhist because we don’t subscribe to the religious trappings associated with Buddhism. Many atheists will say that we are not true secularist if we identify with many of the teachings of Buddha. I think that self identification is like a shoe. If it fits you comfortably but someone criticizes its style just smile politely and continue your path in comfort.

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