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 86: Buddha Basics 08: Let's Meet the Paramitas

    October 28th, 2022  |  23 mins 35 secs

    We discuss the paramitas, or the virtues of a bodhisattva.

  • Episode 85: Buddha Basics 07: WhatsaWhosaBodhisattva

    October 14th, 2022  |  24 mins 44 secs

    We answer the timeless question of, what is, who is a Bodhisattva.

  • Episode 84: Buddha Basics 06: Born-Again Buddha

    September 30th, 2022  |  25 mins 11 secs

    What's all this stuff about rebirth? Can we really be reborn as the god of the perfect bagel, or as slugs?

  • Episode 83: Buddha Basics 05: The Octo-Holistic Lifestyle

    September 16th, 2022  |  25 mins 8 secs

    The eightfold path describes how we should live.

  • Episode 82: Buddha Basics 04: Break That Chain!

    September 2nd, 2022  |  32 mins 48 secs

    The twelve steps of dependent origination describe how the self is formed, how we perceive the world, and how we grasp and desire things.

  • Episode 81: Buddha Basics 03: No Self, No Problem

    August 19th, 2022  |  23 mins 39 secs

    Buddhism often talks about how there is no self, but there is a self; if not, we couldn't take selfies. But at the same time there's no self. No problem.

  • Buddha Basics 02: Dukkha Sucks

    August 5th, 2022  |  24 mins 17 secs

    But dukkha is about much more than suffering: it also means dissatisfaction, anxiety, frustration and disappointment. Its opposite is sukha, which means satisfaction, equanimity, ease, flowing with conditions.

  • 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.