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 36: A Zen Guide to Elections

    October 16th, 2020  |  22 mins 14 secs

    Without endorsing any particular candidate, Kirk and Jundo talk about how Buddhist values and Precepts should guide the voter in elections in the U.S. and other countries.

  • Episode 35: Karma

    October 2nd, 2020  |  26 mins 2 secs

    Good karma, bad karma, everyone knows about karma, right? Jundo and Kirk discuss what karma means, and how you count your karma points.

  • Episode 34: How an Online Sangha Works

    September 18th, 2020  |  27 mins 16 secs

    Treeleaf is an online sangha, and has been around since 2006. How does a sangha work when members don't meet each other physically?

  • Episode 33: Competition

    September 4th, 2020  |  24 mins

    Is zen competitive? Is competition a bad thing?

  • Episode 32: Happiness

    August 21st, 2020  |  28 mins 21 secs

    Can zen make you happy? Should it?

  • Episode 31: The Precepts

    August 7th, 2020  |  29 mins

    There are a number of precepts that have to be followed by Zen practitioners. Jundo and Kirk discuss these precepts, and how strict they are.

  • Episode 30: Rituals

    July 24th, 2020  |  27 mins 45 secs

    There are a lot of rituals in Zen. Where do they come from? Why are they still performed? And what's the thing about the number 108?

  • Episode 29: Zensex

    July 10th, 2020  |  26 mins 19 secs

    Many Zen priests in Japanese Buddhism have active sex lives, others are celibate. We discuss how Buddhism treats sex, and how it makes the world go around.

  • Episode 28: Our Team

    June 26th, 2020  |  26 mins 53 secs

    Jundo explains the importance of lineage in Zen, how the teachings have been handed down over the centuries from Zen teachers to students, in an unbroken chain.

  • Episode 27: For Justice & Peace

    June 12th, 2020  |  27 mins 30 secs

    In this time of protests around the world, we discuss how Zen approaches injustice and protest.

  • Episode 26: Zen Books

    May 29th, 2020  |  28 mins 10 secs

    "Zen is a special transmission outside the scriptures, not depending on words and letters." With that in mind, Jundo and Kirk discuss Zen books: how to read them, what to read, and when to burn them.

  • Episode 25: Sitting with Pain

    May 15th, 2020  |  26 mins 18 secs

    Sitting meditation can be painful for a lot of people. Jundo and Kirk discuss how to sit without pain, or how to accept the pain when sitting.

  • Episode 24: Walking

    May 1st, 2020  |  27 mins 27 secs

    Walking can free your mind, but can also be an act of meditation.

  • Episode 23: Silence

    April 17th, 2020  |  27 mins 2 secs

    Is zen all about silence?

  • Episode 22: Hope

    April 3rd, 2020  |  25 mins 40 secs

    In these times, we need hope. Jundo and Kirk discuss how we can cultivate hope. And we learn that the name for the Zen of Everything podcast in Japanese would be Zen no Zen.

  • Episode 21: Zen in Quarantine

    March 20th, 2020  |  23 mins 18 secs

    With many people going into quarantine, Jundo and Kirk discuss how this time can be beneficial, and how washing your hands can be the act of a Boddhisatva.