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.


  • Episode 62: Buddhisms

    November 26th, 2021  |  26 mins 1 sec

    Jundo and Kirk talk about the various flavors of Buddhism. They are not all the same, and we discuss the differences between the various schools that have changed over the centuries.

  • Episode 61: Tradition

    November 12th, 2021  |  26 mins 36 secs

    Jundo and Kirk discuss tradition in zen. What are those funny sticks that the zen masters have, and what are they used for?

  • Episode 60: Animals

    October 29th, 2021  |  29 mins 30 secs

    Jundo and Kirk examine whether Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals deserves a critical reappraisal. And they talk about animals, sentience, and eating meat (or not).

  • Episode 59: Goldilocks is the Buddha

    October 15th, 2021  |  27 mins 34 secs

    Jundo and Kirk discuss how moderation is enlightenment, and how Goldilocks is the Buddha. Sort of.

  • Episode 58: In the Moment

    September 30th, 2021  |  26 mins 54 secs

    Jundo and Kirk discuss living in the moment, and how, at times, you can be too much in the moment.

  • Episode 57: Mistakes

    September 3rd, 2021  |  28 mins 5 secs

    Jundo and Kirk discuss mistakes, and end up making a podcast episode full of mistakes.

  • Episode 56: What is Zen?

    August 20th, 2021  |  27 mins 22 secs

    How had Jundo and Kirk never addressed this, the most basic of questions? And it's not a trick question.

    "Once you are on the cushion, it is Buddha's butt on the cushion."

  • Episode 55: Hermits

    August 6th, 2021  |  28 mins 48 secs

    Jundo and Kirk talk about zen hermits, and life in a small zen temple.

  • Episode 54: Heat

    July 23rd, 2021  |  25 mins 53 secs

    Jundo and Kirk discuss Heat, Steely Dan, and The Olympics.

  • Episode 53: Sin City

    July 9th, 2021  |  27 mins 14 secs

    Jundo visited Las Vegas. Many things happened.

  • Episode 52: Travel

    May 28th, 2021  |  26 mins 21 secs

    Is the boat moving, or is the land moving?

  • Episode 51: Joy

    May 14th, 2021  |  26 mins 41 secs

    Joy isn't the same as happiness. Joy is "truly being passionate about how beautiful this life is, about how we feel each day..."

  • Episode 50: Disappointment

    April 30th, 2021  |  26 mins 21 secs

    If you don't expect much, then you're never disappointed.

  • Episode 49: The Environment

    April 16th, 2021  |  30 mins 56 secs

    What's zen about protecting the environment?

  • Episode 48: Fixing

    April 2nd, 2021  |  27 mins 8 secs

    The world needs fixing, and zen practitioners vow to fix it. But can we? And can we get dharma insurance?

  • Episode 47: Spring

    March 19th, 2021  |  24 mins 51 secs

    Spring is here, with the annual cycle of renewal. And sumo wrestling. And baseball.