26 episodes

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.

The Zen of Everything Jundo Cohen & Kirk McElhearn

    • Buddhism
    • 5.0, 12 Ratings

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 26: Zen Books

    Episode 26: Zen Books

    "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.



    Treeleaf Zendo
    Bodhidharma (Wikipedia)
    Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
    Zen Flesh, Zen Bones
    Buddhism For Dummies
    Simple Guide to Zen Buddhism
    What Is Zen?: Plain Talk for a Beginner's Mind
    The Circle of the Way
    The Three Pillars of Zen
    Opening the Hand of Thought
    How to Cook Your Life
    The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo
    Realizing Genjokoan: The Key to Dogen's Shobogenzo


    Theme music by Kiku Day.


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    • 28 min
    Episode 25: Sitting with Pain

    Episode 25: Sitting with Pain

    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.



    Treeleaf Zendo
    Alexander Technique
    Mahāyāna Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra
    Phantom limb syndrome
    Seiza bench
    Invisibilia: For Some Teens With Debilitating Pain, The Treatment Is More Pain


    Theme music by Kiku Day.


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    • 26 min
    Episode 24: Walking

    Episode 24: Walking

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



    Treeleaf Zendo
    Mount Tsukuba
    Kinhin: The Dignity of the Buddha
    Alexander Technique
    Photo: Tea Tray Ensō


    Theme music by Kiku Day.


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    • 27 min
    Episode 23: Silence

    Episode 23: Silence

    Is zen all about silence?



    Treeleaf Zendo
    John Cage's 4′33″
    Suzuki Roshi's talk on the difference between "sound" and "noise"
    Isolation tank
    Correction: Jundo meant a blue jay; listen here
    Into Great Silence


    Theme music by Kiku Day.


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    • 27 min
    Episode 22: Hope

    Episode 22: Hope

    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.



    Treeleaf Zendo
    Abbott & Costello Who's On First
    Cast Away
    Viktor Frankl (Wikipedia)
    Medicine Buddha (Wikipedia)
    Jizo (Wikipedia)


    Theme music by Kiku Day.


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    • 25 min
    Episode 21: Zen in Quarantine

    Episode 21: Zen in Quarantine

    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.



    Treeleaf Zendo
    Master Dogen's Instructions for Washing the Hands
    Tonglen (Wikipedia)


    Theme music by Kiku Day.


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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

full hehjenenene ,

Great podcast on Zen practice!

Very good down-to-earth discussion of what can be esoteric topics. Helps me feel comfortable in my imperfect practice.

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