The Zen of Everything

A zen take on life, love, laughter, and everything else.

About the show

The Zen of Everything presents a zen take on life, love, laughter, and everything else. With Jundo Cohen, a real zen master, and Kirk McElhearn, a guy who knows a bit about zen.

Episodes

  • Buddha Basics 02: Dukkha Sucks

    August 5th, 2022  |  24 mins 17 secs

    Dukkha, often translated as "suffering," is at the heart of the four noble truths of Buddhism. But dukkha is about much more than suffering: it also means stress, unhappiness, and dissatisfaction. Its opposite is sukha, which means pleasure, happiness, and comfort.

  • Buddha Basics 01: Oodles of Buddhas

    July 22nd, 2022  |  27 mins 47 secs

    This is the first episode of our Buddha Basics series, which looks at the basics of Buddhism as never expressed before, featuring the irreverent comments of Reverend Jundo, a real Zen Roshi. No Buddha BS here. In this Buddha Basics episode, we look at why there are so many Buddhas, an infinite number of Buddhas, and who's who.

  • Episode 78: Buddhasplaining

    July 8th, 2022  |  26 mins 15 secs

    We discuss abortion and women's right to choose from a Buddhist perspective.

  • Episode 77: The Universe

    June 24th, 2022  |  26 mins 2 secs

    How big is the universe? How long is time?

  • Episode 76: Guns

    June 10th, 2022  |  27 mins 40 secs

    We generally avoid politics, but with the increased gun violence in the US, we had to talk about zen and guns.

  • Episode 75: Music

    May 27th, 2022  |  24 mins 14 secs

    What is the zen of music? How does music touch us and make us feel one with the world? And was the Eurovision Song Contest was very good this year?

  • Episode 74: Feeling Better

    May 13th, 2022  |  24 mins 27 secs

    After the blues, the good times.

  • Episode 73: Monks' Blues

    April 29th, 2022  |  23 mins 10 secs

    Even zen monks get the blues sometimes.

  • Episode 72: Beauty

    April 15th, 2022  |  24 mins 45 secs

    What is beautiful to zen practitioners?

  • Episode 71: Zen in Space

    April 1st, 2022  |  17 mins 53 secs

    Jundo announces a new beginning for the future of zen in the universe.

  • Episode 70: Technology

    March 18th, 2022  |  25 mins 32 secs

    We use technology frequently, but we need to handle it wisely and respect it, with balance and moderation, and, occasionally, honor it.

  • Episode 69: Love

    March 4th, 2022  |  23 mins 39 secs

    Zen doesn't often talk about love: romantic love, love for family, love for country, or just a simple love of tea.

  • Episode 68: Dissent

    February 18th, 2022  |  24 mins 15 secs

    We don't always have to agree with everyone. Sometimes we have to dissent.

  • Episode 67: Good for Nothing

    February 4th, 2022  |  24 mins 5 secs

    Zazen is good for nothing, according to Kodo Sawaki. If so, then why do we sit? Also, ice cream sundaes and Möbius strips.

  • Episode 66: Dropping

    January 21st, 2022  |  23 mins 47 secs

    A key phrase of Dogen's teaching is "dropping body and mind," a description of his enlightenment. Jundo and Kirk discuss what this means, and how you can drop body and mind when sitting zazen.

  • Episode 65: New

    January 7th, 2022  |  24 mins 19 secs

    It's a new year, and everything is always new, except when it's not. "The past is today that was yesterday. And the future is yesterday that will be tomorrow."