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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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Albuquerque, NM

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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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146 Daniel Strain on Spiritual Naturalism: An Interview

6/17/2016
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What is Spiritual Naturalism and how does one practice it? In this interview, Daniel Strain explains his own spiritual journey through several traditions, finally coming to Spiritual Naturalism. Daniel T. Strain is a Humanist minister, speaker, and writer on the topics of ethics, spirituality, and ancient philosophy. He is founder and Executive Director of the Spiritual Naturalist Society. His Humanist Contemplative group and blog inspired a similar mindfulness group at Harvard...

Duration: 00:21:28


134 Jennifer Hancock on Humanism: An Interview

3/25/2016
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What is Humanism? In this interview, Jennifer Hancock explains what Humanism is and why it is such an amazing and uplifting philosophy of life. Discover Humanism’s basic elements, its foundation, and it’s practicality. Jennifer Hancock is an author, blogger, podcaster, and a life long Humanist. She is the former executive director for the Humanists of Florida Association, and is the author of her Handy Humanism Handbook, which is a quick overview of the philosophy of Humanism for the...

133 Tom Flynn on Atheism and Spirituality: An Interview

3/18/2016
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Can an atheist be spiritual? In this interview, Tom Flynn answers with a resounding “no.” To him, the words “spiritual” and “spirituality” do not have a naturalistic sense. As he points out, for many ordinary language users, “spirit” is the stuff that ghosts and souls are made of and “spiritual” refers to the supernatural. Atheists using spiritual language, therefore, will likely be misunderstood. Tom Flynn is the Executive Director of The Council for Secular Humanism, the Editor of Free...

Duration: 00:18:46


132 Stephen Batchelor on Rethinking the Dharma: An Interview

3/11/2016
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Reincarnation and karma are just a few of the problems that the scientifically minded have with traditional Buddhism. In this interview with Stephen Batchelor, we discuss how Buddhism can responded to this age of science and skepticism. Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Stephen considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable...

Duration: 00:24:33


131 Dr. Robert M. Ellis on Middle Way Philosophy: An Interview

3/4/2016
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When Buddhism doesn’t live up to its own best standards, what does a person do? What about all the metaphysical baggage that seems an integral part of traditional Buddhism? In this interview, Dr. Robert M. Ellis tells his story of leaving Buddhism and developing a philosophy based upon the Buddha’s idea of the Middle Way. Dr. Robert M. Ellis is an independent philosopher, with a Ph.D. in Philosophy. He was formerly ordained in the Western Buddhist Order (now Triratna Buddhist Community)...

Duration: 00:26:52


130 Dr. Bo Bennett on Critical Thinking: An Interview

2/26/2016
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Thinking clearly is not always easy, but there are things we can do to help us. In this interview with Dr. Bo Bennett, we discuss critical thinking and its importance in thinking about important issues like climate change. We also touch on logical fallacies and why we should avoid them. Dr. Bo Bennett has a Ph.D. in social psychology. He was former producer and host of The Humanist Hour, the official broadcast of the American Humanist Association. He is also the host and creator of The Dr....

Duration: 00:21:55


129 B. T. Newberg on Humanistic Paganism: An Interview

2/19/2016
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What do you think of when you hear the word Pagan? Do you think of a sinner, a witch, a member of Wicca, or a believer in many gods? In this interview, I talk with a Pagan who is also a Humanist and a Naturalist. B. T. Newberg is the founder of HumanisticPaganism.com, where he now serves as a writer and advising editor. He is also the Education Director of the Spiritual Naturalist Society, where he serves the larger naturalistic community, including Naturalistic Pagans, Secular Buddhists,...

Duration: 00:22:11


128 My Mission and Vision

2/12/2016
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My mission and vision is to motivate and train people to be more rational, ethical, and mindful, for a better life and world. What does this mean and how does it relate to your own mission in life? In this podcast and YouTube video, I explain my mission and get into what it means to be more rational, ethical, and mindful. Discover is I am really the right spiritual teacher for you on your path to a more meaningful and happy life. The post 128 My Mission and Vision appeared first on Jay N....

Duration: 00:05:52


127 Spiritual But Not Religious

2/5/2016
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The fastest growing religious designation is the nones, which are those who are not associated with a religion. Many of these would consider themselves spiritual, but not religious. What does it mean to be spiritual but not religious. Religion deals with the outward, while spirituality deals with the inward. Spirituality is about connecting with nature, expanding our consciousness, and finding meaning in life. The post 127 Spiritual But Not Religious appeared first on Jay N. Forrest.

Duration: 00:07:07


126 Rebranding the Podcast

1/29/2016
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The 5 Minute Dharma podcast is getting a makeover. I am not ending the podcast, I am rebranding it. Rebranding is the creation of a new look and feel for an established product. The rebranding efforts will include a name change and a new logo. The goal of rebranding is to revitalize the podcast and make more relevant people. I have decided to rename it - Spiritual Wisdom with Jay Forrest[UPDATE: The Jay Forrest Show.] YouTube Channel http://jayforrest.org/watch Weekly Newsletter...

Duration: 00:02:42


125 Internal and External Contemplation

1/22/2016
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Today I want to continue our series of talks on the Satipatthana Sutta. In this passage the Buddha instructs us to carefully observe the elements in the body internally, externally, or both internally and externally. There are different interpretations of what this means. Does it mean we are suppose to observe our body and someone else’s body? This is the traditional interpretation. But I will offer two other ones. TEXT: “In this way he abides contemplating the body as a body internally,...

Duration: 00:05:19


124 Tranquilizing Bodily Formations

1/15/2016
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Today I want to continue our series of talks on the Satipatthana Sutta. The Buddha instructed his followers to tranquilize the bodily formations. What does that mean? What is the bodily formation and how can we calm them? In this episode, I will explain what it means to tranquilize the body formations and give you a four step practice to integrate it into your practice. The Four R’s are: Recognize, Release, Relax, and Refocus. TEXT: “He trains thus: ‘I shall breathe in tranquilizing the...

Duration: 00:05:42


123 Experiencing the Whole Breath

1/8/2016
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Today I want to continue our series of talks on the Satipatthana Sutta. The Buddha instructed his followers to experience the whole breath, both during the in-breath and during the out-breath. What did he mean? There are two theories about what it means to experience the whole breath. In this episode, I will explore both, and show how each teach a basic Buddhist principle. One teaches impermanence, the other non-duality. TEXT: “They practice like this: ‘I will breathe in experiencing the...

Duration: 00:05:23


122 Meditating on the Breath

1/1/2016
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Today I want to continue our series of talks on the Satipatthana Sutta. Being mindful of the breath is often associated to Buddhism. Breathing meditation is a basic meditation skill, one that we need to develop. Mindfulness of breath will help us build our concentration and help give us insight into our mental state. Our breath is like a mindfulness monitor, reflecting back to us our mind states. TEXT: “Mindful, they breath in; mindful, they breath out. Breathing in deep they clearly know...

Duration: 00:05:45


121 Solitude, Posture, and Intention

12/18/2015
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Today I want to continue our series of talks on the Satipatthana Sutta, looking at the the importance of solitude, the importance of correct posture, and the importance of setting your intent. Solitude, posture, and intention all deal with the preparation for meditation. If you want to have a successful meditation time then you need to do certain things. TEXT: “And how, monastics, does a monastic meditate by observing an aspect of the body? Here, a monastic has gone to a wilderness, or to...

Duration: 00:05:27


120 Three Ways to Handle Holiday Stress

12/11/2015
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Today I want to deviate from our series of talks on the Satipatthana Sutta, and discuss Three Ways to Handle Holiday Stress. It may be the most wonderful time of the year for some people, but for many of us it is stressful. We have to deal with family, money issues, buying gifts, and the never-ending busyness. Whether you celebrate the Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or HumanLight day, it can be a stressful and busy time of the year. I want to give you three tools to help...

Duration: 00:05:19


119 The Four Applications of Mindfulness

12/4/2015
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Today I want to continue our series of talks on the Satipatthana Sutta, looking at the four applications of mindfulness. We want to briefly touch on the four areas that the Buddha said we should apply our mindfulness to. The four applications of mindfulness deals with four frames of reference in which to practice mindfulness in. We want to focus on the four kinds of mindfulness meditation, translated here as aspects of the body, the feelings, the mind, and principles. TEXT: “the four kinds...

Duration: 00:06:27


118 Four Mental Qualities for Meditators

11/12/2015
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Today I want to continue our series of talks on the Satipatthana Sutta, looking at the four metal qualities that meditators should have. We want to briefly touch on the four mental qualities that the Buddha said we should have as we approach mindfulness meditation. The following is from the Majjhima Nikaya, Sutta number 10, translated by Bhikkhu Sujato. It is better known as the Satipatthana Sutta. TEXT: “What four? Here, a monastic meditates by observing an aspect of the body, keen,...

Duration: 00:05:46


117 The Five Fruits of Mindfulness

11/5/2015
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Today I want to continue our series of talks on the Satipatthana Sutta, looking at the fruits of the one sure path. We want to talk about how the path of mindfulness is the only sure path, and briefly enumerate the five fruits of mindfulness meditation. I will be reading from Bhikkhu Sujato’s Public Domain version of the Majjhima Nikaya, Sutta number 10. TEXT: “Monastics, this is the path where all things come together as one, to purify sentient beings, to make an end of pain and sadness,...

Duration: 00:06:05


116 The One Sure Path to Nirvana

10/30/2015
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Today I want to continue our series of talks on the Satipatthana Sutta, looking at the fruits of the one sure path. We want to talk about how the path of mindfulness is the only sure path, and briefly enumerate the five fruits of mindfulness meditation. I will be reading from Bhikkhu Sujato’s Public Domain version of the Majjhima Nikaya, Sutta number 10. TEXT: “Monastics, this is the path where all things come together as one, to purify sentient beings, to make an end of pain and sadness,...

Duration: 00:05:47

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