The Bodhidaoism Institute is an educational and publishing initiative for the research and promotion of a new and life-changing worldview called Bodhidaoism.
Bodhidaoism is a personal non-religious worldview, built upon the foundations of philosophical naturalism and current scientific consensus, which combines elements of Buddhism, Taoism, Stoicism, and Humanism into a coherent and evidence-based philosophical system. Bodhidaoism was created by philosopher and author Jay N. Forrest in 2017.
Bodhidaoism is derived from the Pali word bodhi, meaning “awakening” and the Chinese word dao, meaning “way”. So Bodhidaoism is the way of awakening. Awakening to what? Awakening to reality, the way things really are. Subjectively, it means awakening to the reality of our own mind, discovering how it creates its own unhappiness. And objectively, it means awakening to the reality of the Cosmos, understanding what is real and what is not.
About Jay N. Forrest
Jay N. Forrest, D.Min. is a philosopher, author, and the founder of Bodhidaoism. As a philosopher, he has specialized in naturalism and spirituality. He is a Certified Meditation Teacher and an ordained Humanist Celebrant. He is the author of a number of books including Practical Buddhism: Wisdom for Everyday Life, Secular Buddhism: An Introduction, and From Christ to Buddha: Reflections on Christianity, Buddhism, and Spirituality. His latest book is Spiritual Naturalism: Spirituality Within the Bounds of Science.
Before leaving Christianity, Jay did his undergraduate work at Central Bible College and Berean University, and received his Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Christian University. He also received four honorary Doctorate, two in Divinity, one in Religion, and one in Metaphysics. He was first ordained by the International Ministerial Fellowship and later was a minister with The International Pentecostal Holiness Church. In over two decades of ministry, he served as the Pastor or Assistant Pastor of a number of churches in Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennessee, Arizona, and New Mexico. He was an instructor for Harvester’s Bible Institute, a teacher at Cornerstone Christian Academy, and the Education Director for the Spiritual Naturalist Society.
Jay also explored other Christian traditions, being baptized and confirmed as a Catholic at Our Lady Queen of Angels Liberal Catholic Church, and later pursued ministerial studies with Robert Ellwood at the Liberal Catholic Institute of Studies (he completed three years of study). During this time, Jay was a member of The Theosophical Society in America, attending local meetings. Jay was eventually ordained in the Liberal Catholic Church as a Cleric, Doorkeeper, and then Reader by Bishop Lloyd Worley. Later Jay was ordained as a Acolyte by Bishop Orlando Trujillo at the Holy Spirit Catholic Charismatic Cathedral. He also took catechism classes with All Saints of North America Orthodox Church. Jay was the founding pastor of the Gnostic Christian Church, and hosted the Gnostic Podcast.
Jay began meditating as a Christian in the late 80’s. He later discovered Hesychasm, an Eastern Orthodox meditation practice described in the Philokalia. He studied a Christian form of Zen with Brian C. Taylor, the former Rector at St Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church. After becoming a Buddhist on April 11, 2011, Jay soon began meditating at the Albuquerque Insight Meditation Center with such teachers as Brian Lesage. He later studied Insight Meditation with Sally Armstrong, a teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Currently, he is a Certified Meditation Teacher, in good standing, with Aura Wellness Center. He also studied Tai Chi Chuan with Master Lin at the Chinese Culture Center. In addition to his formal education, Jay has also taken courses in Buddhism from Harvard University, Princeton University, and the University of Virginia. Because of his growing concern for the environment, Jay has also taken courses in the environment from the University of British Columbia and Dartmouth College.
In addition to his books, Jay has written hundreds of articles for websites, newspapers, and magazines such as The Houston Chronicle, Be Still Magazine, The Cutting Edge, Patheos, and was a contributing writer for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Jay has also appeared as a guest on podcast such as The Secular Buddhist Podcast, The Next Half by Tony Russell, Living Your Yoga TV, and Co-Hosted Spiritual Naturalism Today. Jay is also on staff at the Secular Buddhist Association, providing technical support for the SBA website.
Jay’s Active Memberships
• The Spiritual Naturalist Society
• The Religious Naturalist Association
• The American Humanist Association
• The Clergy Project
• The International Society for Philosophers
• The Western Positive Psychology Association
• The Philosophy Foundation
• Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy
• Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers
• New Stoa
• The International Association of Internet Broadcasters
• Mind Body Network