Jay N. Forrest


Jay N. Forrest, D.Min.

Zen Humanist Teacher

Albuquerque, NM, USA






Jay N. Forrest is an ordained Humanist minister with the Church of Spiritual Humanism, a certified meditation teacher with the Aura Wellness Center, and the author of over a dozen books. He was a contributing author for The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism.


Meditation Training

In 2003, Jay began studying Zen meditation with Rev. Brian C. Taylor at the Albuquerque Contemplative Center. He continued the practice of zazen through his affiliation with the White Robed Monks of St. Benedict. In 2011, he began learning about Vipassana meditation at the Albuquerque Insight Meditation Center, being instructed by such teachers as Brian Lesage. He took courses in Vipassana meditation with Sally Armstrong of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Gil Fronsdal of the Insight Meditation Center.



Jay did his religious studies at Central Bible College and Berean University, and received his Doctor of Ministry degree (DMin) from Trinity Evangelical Christian University. He also received a Diploma in Modern Applied Psychology from the Academy of Modern Applied Psychology.


Jay has taken courses in Buddhism from Harvard Divinity School, Princeton University, and the University of Virginia. He has also taken courses in meditation from Naropa University, the Ashoka eDharma Learning Center, Nalandabodhi Center, and Deer Park Monastery. He has taken courses in Humanism from the Humanist Institute.



Jay is also a member of the American Humanist Association, the International Zen Association, Zen Peacemakers International, the Clergy Project, the Spiritual Naturalist Society, and First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque.






Secular Spirituality