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.
March 7th, 2020 | 27 mins 18 secs
With a potential pandemic looming, Jundo and Kirk talk about rumors, unreasonable and reasonable fear, plagues of the past and today, and a good Zen attitude to sickness and death.
February 21st, 2020 | 26 mins 3 secs
What is "original Buddhism?" In the absence of texts from the Buddha's times, how can we know what the Buddha really taught? And how does the corpus of later texts help us understand Buddhism?
February 7th, 2020 | 28 mins 54 secs
Jundo and Kirk talk about zen and parenting.
January 24th, 2020 | 27 mins 43 secs
Jundo and Kirk discuss "hard" and "easy" zen. Has zen become too easy? Is it too hard? You are New York all along.
January 10th, 2020 | 30 mins 56 secs
Jundo and Kirk talk about zen and war. How should zen practitioners act when faced with war? How can we prevent war?
December 27th, 2019 | 29 mins 55 secs
Jundo and Kirk discuss how Christmas and Zen can find common ground, and discuss their favorite Zen Christmas carols.
December 13th, 2019 | 28 mins 4 secs
You've probably heard about kōans, those enigmatic zen dialogs that make no sense. Jundo and Kirk discuss the origin and history of kōans, what they mean, how they work, and what the sound of one hand clapping really is.
November 29th, 2019 | 25 mins 31 secs
Is meditation easy? Is it difficult? Jundo and Kirk talk about shikantaza meditation and the importance of intention. And Jundo discuss his patented Insta-Zen technique.
November 15th, 2019 | 27 mins 40 secs
Jundo and Kirk discuss the idea of oneness. The good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly are all facets of the great jewel. One ain't just one thing ... or one ... or a thing ...
November 1st, 2019 | 29 mins 5 secs
Jundo and Kirk discuss the Dokusan room, the place where the teacher tests students and students test the teacher. What goes on can be romanticized and overemphasized, misused and misunderstood (especially by modern westerners), yet greatness sometimes happens too.
October 18th, 2019 | 30 mins 19 secs
Jundo and Kirk discuss differences between the way zen is practiced in the west compared to in Japan.
October 4th, 2019 | 27 mins 40 secs
Jundo and Kirk talk discuss favorites. What is the best ice cream flavor? What is the best fruit? Do favorites matter? Do appearances matter?
September 20th, 2019 | 28 mins 27 secs
Jundo and Kirk talk about how bad or good things are in the world. Things really aren't as bad as they may seem if you watch the news too much.
September 6th, 2019 | 24 mins 8 secs
Jundo and Kirk discuss whether you can practice Zen Buddhism if you are a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or believer in another religion.
August 23rd, 2019 | 24 mins 52 secs
Jundo and Kirk take a look at the zen of the future, discussing whether or not robots are sentient, and whether they have Buddha nature.
Episode 5: Shikantaza, Grape Juice, Alzheimer's, Mindfulness, Buddhism as Religion, and a Woman who Feels no Pain
August 9th, 2019 | 27 mins 2 secs
Jundo and Kirk discuss whether shikantaza is meditation, how to get a grape juice stain out of a carpet, how to deal with Alzheimers, how mindfulness is integrating in modern society, whether Buddhism is a religion, and the interesting case of a woman who feels no pain.