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 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.

  • Episode 46: Mnmlsm

    March 5th, 2021  |  27 mins 13 secs

    Stuff and minimalism. Tiny homes and hoarders. Japanese apartments and British farmhouses. Paper walls. Space. Time.

  • Episode 45: Vaccines & Science

    February 19th, 2021  |  28 mins 31 secs

    As Kirk is about to get his first covid vaccination, Jundo and Kirk discuss the wonders of science, and talk about the Buddha's doctor Jivaka.