About Jay

Jay N. Forrest is a Zen Teacher sharing a non-religious spirituality. His teaching draws from Buddhism, Daoism, and Stoicism, as well as modern psychology.


Jay became a Christian in 1983 and was ordained as a Christian minister in 1988. In 2011, five years after earning his doctorate in Christian ministry, he lost his faith. 


This sent him on a search for a spirituality that was true to science, true to reason, and true to life. Jay studied Buddhism for over a decade, becoming a Certified Meditation Teacher. 


He also studied Daoism and Stoicism, among others. He finally realized that none of them were error-free. All had limitations. It was then that he adopted his motto: "Learn from all, cling to none."


Jay now borrows insights from all the wisdom traditions, for they all have something to teach us. He is like the philosophers of ancient times, a lover of wisdom and a seeker of the good life. But he does not claim to have attained.



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Jay N. Forrest, Teacher of Ordinary Zen

Jay's Recent Books
WhatIsBuddhism
What is Buddhism?

A easy to read introduction to Buddhism.

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Buddhism as Psychology
Buddhism as Psychology

Discover happines and inner peace through Buddhist teachings.

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Buddhist Meditation
Buddhist Meditation

An introduction to Buddhist meditation.

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Nikaya Buddhism
Nikaya Buddhism

Exploring the early Buddhist texts and what they mean for us today.

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Jay's Most Popular Books
SecularSpiritualityBook
Secular Spirituality

Collected works of Jay N. Forrest.


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SpiritualNaturalismBook
Spiritual Naturalism

Discover a spiritualith within the bounds of science.

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SecularBuddhism
Secular Buddhism

The first book published with Secular Buddhism in its title.

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SpiritualityWithoutGod
Spirituality Without God

An introduction to Bodhidaoism, a spiritual path created by the author.

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