Jay Michaelson works both as a featured columnist for the Daily Beast and a meditation teacher in Buddhist and Jewish traditions. Jay is on the board of directors of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and has taught at BCBS, Harvard Divinity School, Omega, and numerous retreat centers around the country.

His six books include The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path and Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism & the Next Generation of Enlightenment. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University, and was a professional LGBTQ activist for ten years.