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 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.

  • Episode 20: Zen in the Time of Coronavirus

    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.

  • Episode 19: Original Buddhism, Changing Buddhism

    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?

  • Episode 18: The Zen of Kids

    February 7th, 2020  |  28 mins 54 secs

    Jundo and Kirk talk about zen and parenting.

  • Episode 17: Is Zen Hard or Easy?

    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.

  • Episode 16: War - What Is it Good For?

    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?

  • Episode 15: I'm Dreaming of a Zen Christmas

    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.

  • Episode 14: What Is the Sound of One Kōan Clapping?

    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.

  • Episode 13: Meditation Is Easy

    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.