About Jay Forrest

Jay Forrest is a philosopher and IT professional blogging on topics related to philosophy and technology.

Jay Forrest
Jay N. Forrest, D.Min.

Jay is an ordained Humanist minister with the Church of Spiritual Humanism, a Certified Meditation Teacher with Aura Wellness Center, and an Accredited Meditation Teacher with the Priority Academy. In addition to being the author of over a dozen books, he was also 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.

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

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

He has taken courses in psychology from the University of California, the University of Toronto, and Princeton University. He has taken courses in Humanism from the Humanist Institute through their Kochhar Online Humanist Education..

IT Profession
Jay was the host of the Linux User Podcast (2009). Jay has been a tech guy since he built his first 486 in the 90’s. Jay used to work tech support for America Online, Earthlink, and Intel in Rio Rancho. Jay is currently working full time as an IT Help Desk Technician for a local company. Jay has done web design for a number of businesses and non-profit organizations. For the more technical, Jay knows HTML, Javascript, CSS, and basic Php.

Jay’s conversion to Linux came as a result of a virus he got on his Windows XP system. Jay got this virus even though he was running with the Windows firewall on, auto updates on, and with McAfee anti-virus. Jay was just so frustrated that he installed Ubuntu, wiping out his Windows XP system. Jay has never regretted it. That was in 2008.

Since that time Jay has played with a number of other Linux distributions and is currently using Ubuntu as his main distro. Jay even managed to replace his Mom and Dad’s Windows with Linux Mint. Jay was a Fedora Ambassador for a number of years and is glad to be a part of the great Linux and Open Source Software community.

Memberships
Jay is 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.