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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  1. wcburket on July 20, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    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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