Jay Michaelson

Jay Michaelson joins us to speak about his new book, Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment.

Hi, everyone. Before we get started with today’s episode, I want to remind the listeners that we’ve started a new podcast which may also interest you. It’s called Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science, and appears every other week, alternating with The Secular Buddhist. You’ll find many of the same guests you’ve enjoyed and learned from here, as well as new researchers, teachers, and practitioners. You’ll find Present Moment in the Science & Medicine section of iTunes, in Natural Sciences, or just do an iTunes Store search for Mindfulness, and look in the results in the Podcasts section. You can also visit the website, PresentMomentMindfulness.com. Thanks for checking it out, and if you like what you hear, please feel free to share it with others.

As we continue to explore how Buddhism is finding ground in contemporary Western society, we run into the question of enlightenment. As a follow-up to our previous episode with Kenneth Folk, we’re going to take another look with Dr. Jay Michaelson as he discusses what he’s discovered while researching his new book.

Jay is the author of five books and two hundred articles on religion, sexuality, law, and contemplative practice. Jay is a longtime LGBT activist who has held positions at the Arcus Foundation and Political Research Associates. Jay’s work in this area has been featured on CNN, NPR, and in the New York Times, and he has been included on the Forward 50 list of the most influential American Jews and the Huffington Post’s list of leading LGBT religious voices. Jay holds a J.D. from Yale, a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University, a B.A. from Columbia, and an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence. He has also trained extensively in Theravadan Buddhism, including several long retreats in the United States and Nepal. Jay has held teaching positions at Boston University Law School, Harvard Divinity School, City College of New York, and Yale University, and is currently an adviser to the Varieties of Meditative Experience project at Brown University.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Pumpkin Spice tea..


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  1. Gatasaro Bhikku on January 6, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Oy. Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung is not about the stuff in your mind. It is how you gripe about it when it’s dumped in your front yard. A good reminder of being careful to say what you know and not try to be too cute. Somebody is bound to catch you.

    The book is really a good survey of what’s going on, which I don’t think the podcast captured as well as the book does. I was paying close attention when Jay was asked about how we can get organized, but he doesn’t know either. This is so frustrating. Is it impossible to make a decent outline of Western Dharma, and how to organize it?

    It’s possible for it a meditator to go far alone. Why is it so hard to get a dozen together? Arrrrggghhhh!

  2. Ramsey Margolis on January 7, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Enjoyable interview, thank you Ted, I look forward to reading Jay’s book. It’s fascinating to see that the notion of a Jewbu has developed into a Buju, an interesting change of emphasis.

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