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 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.

  • Episode 44: Binging & Moderation

    February 5th, 2021  |  24 mins 48 secs

    How do we control our habits in eating Oreos, watching TV series, and more? How do we watch Game of Thrones as zen practitioners? Is it okay to binge all the Star Wars movies?

  • Episode 43: Instructions for the Cook

    January 22nd, 2021  |  24 mins 34 secs

    The tenzo manages food in Zen monasteries: he is the head chef, the person responsible for ensuring that monks are fed. One of Dogen's most approachable texts is the Tenzo Kyokun, Instructions for the Cook, where he discusses not just cooking soup, but cooking all of life.

  • Episode 42: Ego

    January 8th, 2021  |  26 mins 12 secs

    The ego can be big or small, solid or permeable. Is the "ego" the "self," and when is ours too big?

  • Episode 41: Miracles

    December 25th, 2020  |  25 mins 43 secs

    Miracles are everywhere, in the tiniest blade of grass, in the noisiest sneeze, in the simplest loaf of bread.

  • Episode 40: Change

    December 11th, 2020  |  25 mins 16 secs

    "Nothing is still, everything is constantly in motion," says Jundo, as we discuss the one constant in the universe: change.

  • Episode 39: Nature

    November 27th, 2020  |  22 mins 24 secs

    It can be good to get out in nature, even to do naked forest bathing. Jundo and Kirk discuss how nature is important to Zen.