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The Jay Forrest Show is a podcast exploring philosophy, psychology, and religion through enlightening and informative interviews, helping people discover their own wisdom path. Join us on a journey through ancient wisdom and modern science, as we discover the secrets to a wiser, happier, and more meaningful life.

The Jay Forrest Show is a podcast exploring philosophy, psychology, and religion through enlightening and informative interviews, helping people discover their own wisdom path. Join us on a journey through ancient wisdom and modern science, as we discover the secrets to a wiser, happier, and more meaningful life.
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The Jay Forrest Show is a podcast exploring philosophy, psychology, and religion through enlightening and informative interviews, helping people discover their own wisdom path. Join us on a journey through ancient wisdom and modern science, as we discover the secrets to a wiser, happier, and more meaningful life.

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Episodes

012 Bodhidaoism Explained

10/18/2019
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Bodhidaoism is the way of awakening. It is a personal religion for the solitary practitioner that is based on scientific naturalism. Scientific naturalism is the view that, based on the evidence, the natural world is all there is, and science is the best means of knowing this world. A creator God, the supernatural, and a personal afterlife are all beliefs rejected by scientific naturalism, and hence, are not a part of Bodhidaoism. (Naksha, Point 1). Naksha http://bodhidaoism.com/Naksha/

Duration:00:50:04

011 The George Kinder Interview

10/11/2019
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Internationally recognized as the father of the Life Planning movement, the Harvard-educated George Kinder revolutionized financial advice for over 30 years by training over 3,000 professionals in 30 countries in the field of financial Life Planning. In his new book, A Golden Civilization and The Map of Mindfulness, Kinder draws on 50 years as a mindfulness practitioner, over 30 years as a mindfulness teacher, and his experience training financial advisors globally to challenge the basic...

Duration:00:36:17

010 Vegetarianism Not Required

10/4/2019
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The Summa Sophia said that a "vegetarian diet is required" for Bodhidaoists. But as of October 1, 2019, this is no longer the case. I would rather inspire people with my life than drive them by decree. I want people to become vegetarians because they believe it is right, not because I say so. Without this inner motivation nothing of lasting value will be accomplished. All this and more is in the new book: Secular Spirituality. Reference Naksha. http://bodhidaoism.com/Naksha/

Duration:00:26:13

009 Understanding Nonattachment

9/27/2019
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Attachment is clinging to or grasping unto something or someone. Nonattachment is not clinging to or grasping unto something or someone. It is not detachment, which separates and closes off a person from reality. It is about staying connected to reality but not clinging to it. We can be connected to someone without being attached to them.

Duration:00:12:36

008 Two Kinds of Religion

9/20/2019
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The sociology of religion focuses on the social aspects of religion. Emile Durkheim is a good example of this. There are two basic structures for religion, a disciple centered religion and a community centered religion. Christianity, as well as Daoism, began as a teacher disciple centered religion and evolved into a community centered religion. Stoicism stayed a disciple centered religion until it died out.

Duration:00:26:57

007 Phenomenology

9/13/2019
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Phenomenology is the study of phenomena. Not a very insightful definition. My own definition is that phenomenology is the study of subjective experience. Edmund Husserl is considered the father of phenomenology. This is true in the West, but the study of subjective experience has a long history in India and china. Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre are probable the best know phenomenologists.

Duration:00:20:12

006 Stoicism 101

9/6/2019
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This is an introduction to Stoicism. Stoicism was started by Zeno of Citium in about 300 BCE, in the city of Athens. Zeno was originally a student of the Cynic Crates, who was a student of Diogenes, who was a student of Antisthenes, who was a student of Socrates. Stoicism has a direct line of decent from Socrates.

Duration:00:16:32

005 Daoism 101

8/30/2019
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This is an introduction to Daoism (Taoism). Daoism is a philosophy and religion of China that arose in the 5th century BCE. The Daode Jing and Zhuangzi are two of the best known works of classical Daoism. The Dao is the way of nature, its rhythm and flow. Daoism emphasizes a return to nature, naturalness, and the simple life.

Duration:00:16:33

004 Buddhism 101

8/23/2019
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This is an introduction to Buddhism, the Buddha, the Four Noble Truths, and the Eightfold Noble Path. The Four Noble Truths are the noble truth of suffering, the noble truth of the origin of suffering being thirst, the noble truth of the ending of suffering, and the noble truth of the way leading to the end of suffering, which is the Eightfold Noble Path (right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration)....

Duration:00:11:22

003 Nontheistic Religion

8/16/2019
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Religion is a belief and value system with a way of life and spiritual practices for awakening, transformation, and flourishing, aiming to find meaning and significance in relation to the sacred. Religion two flavors: Theistic and Nontheistic, and two spheres: Communal and Personal.

Duration:00:14:10

002 Naturalistic Spirituality

8/9/2019
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Can spirituality be defined naturalistically? I believe that it can and must be so defined. In Christianity, spirituality is about cultivating an awareness of one's connection with God. In Buddhism, and other naturalistic religions, spirituality is about cultivating a deeper and wider awareness of one's connection with reality.

Duration:00:14:43

001 The Importance of Skepticism

8/2/2019
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If you care about the truth, skepticism is the tool to discover it. "A skeptic," writes Paul Kurtz, "is one who is willing to question any claim to truth, asking for clarity in definition, consistency in logic, and adequacy of evidence." Skepticism is great as a tool, but destructive as a worldview. Nobody can live skepticism.

Duration:00:16:36

039 An Important Announcement

7/26/2019
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This the the last episode of the podcast, I am moving to a new domain - JayForrest.org - Please write that down. I will be ending this podcast and launching a new one. Please not that all links and old podcast episodes will eventually go away. In order to follow me, you will need to visit - JayForrest.org - on September 1st.

Duration:00:04:35

038 McMindfulness, a Critique

7/19/2019
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McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality, is a new book by Ronald E. Purser, who is a Professor of Management at San Francisco State University. What the book doesn’t tell you, is that Mr. Purser (2019) is an “ordained Zen Dharma Teacher in the Korean Zen Taego order of Buddhism.” The book is basically a neo-maxist criticism of the mindfulness movement in general, and Jon Kabat-Zinn in particular. As I point out in this episode, the mindfulness movement has its...

Duration:00:46:31

037 Creating a Religion

7/12/2019
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It was only after I created Bodhidaoism that I thought, “Wow, I created a religion.” Then I thought, “Wow what arrogance. I mean, who do I think I am to be the founder of a religion.” The next thought was, “Wow, what ignorance.” I know better than anyone how unqualified I am. But no one else is doing this. No one else is setting out to create a personal religion based on scientific naturalism. I had no choice, there were no other options. And furthermore, it is inevitable. Everyone creates...

Duration:00:31:49

036 What is Knowledge?

7/5/2019
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Epistemology is a branch of theology that is concerned with the study of knowledge, or coming up with a theory of knowledge. The long standing definition of knowledge has been that it is justified true belief. Then came along what has been called the Gettier problem. This brought the definition into question. Another difficulty is that there is no certainty that any belief about the external world is true. That would mean that we can never be sure whether something is knowledge or not. My...

Duration:00:13:24

035 The Meaning Crisis

6/28/2019
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We are living in a time where there are so many different views of reality that it is hard to tell what’s true. In fact, many people have given up. Life is meaningless to them. What’s the point. But there is a way out of the meaning crisis. We have to begin by deciding on a methodology and then apply it ruthlessly. Reality may not turn out how we life. But if we want tp find meaning in the real world then we have to face reality as it is.

Duration:00:09:47

034 Turning 55

6/21/2019
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I am turning 55 today. In this episode I do some reflecting on my spiritual journey and my path from Christianity to Buddhism. June 21st is also the celebration of Buddhism in Bodhidaoism’s Wheel of the Year. I talk a little about the problems of Christianity and Buddhism. I also reflect on what Buddhism means to me and why I consider Bodhidaoism kind of like a Buddhism 3.0.

Duration:00:15:19

033 Scientific Naturalism

6/14/2019
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What is scientific naturalism? Scientific naturalism is the view that, based on the evidence, the natural world is all there is, and that science is the best means of knowledge about this world. Scientific naturalism is the foundation on which Bodhidaoism is built. If you don’t agree with scientific naturalism, then Bodhidaoism is not the spiritual path for you. Bodhidaoism is the only systematic personal religion that is based on scientific naturalism which incorporates the best insights of...

Duration:00:10:29

032 The Wheel of the Year

6/7/2019
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Nature has a rhythm, and we should be in tune with it, by following the movement of the Sun. The Wheel of the Year has its roots in Paganism, celebrating the Winter and Summer Solstice and the Spring and Fall Equinox, and halfway points between these. These eight points match perfectly with the Eight Wisdom Traditions of Bodhidaoism. In the Bodhidaoist Wheel of the Year we celebrate one Wisdom Tradition on each of these eight solar points. Bodhidaoist Wheel of the Year Dec 25 -...

Duration:00:15:09