108 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

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 55 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 108: A Look Back

    Episode 108: A Look Back

    How did we get here? Jundo and Kirk discuss how they got involved in Buddhism and Zen.



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    108
    What are the 108 Defilements (Bonno)
    Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
    Zen Flesh, Zen Bones
    Meditation in Action
    Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation
    John Cage: Indeterminacy


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    • 33 min
    Episode 107: Bad Buddhists

    Episode 107: Bad Buddhists

    Aren't buddhists supposed to maintain equanimity all the time, not have bad thoughts, not be jealous or angry?



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    Vinaya rules about sex
    James Austin: Zen and the Brain


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    • 24 min
    Episode 106: Was Buddha a Revolutionary or a Conservative?

    Episode 106: Was Buddha a Revolutionary or a Conservative?

    Was the Buddha a proto-communist, or did he go with the flow and the status quo?



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    Jundo Cohen: The Zen Master's Dance


    - Karl Marx: Capital

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    • 26 min
    Episode 105: The Monk with a Mortgage

    Episode 105: The Monk with a Mortgage

    Some zen practitioners get ordained, becoming unsui, or "clouds in water," which means they are trainee zen monks or priest. We discuss ordination and what it means.



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    Jundo Cohen: The Zen Master's Dance
    Renpo Niwa Zenji


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    • 25 min
    Episode 104: The Best Zen Books

    Episode 104: The Best Zen Books

    Zen is the transmission outside of words. But there sure are a lot of books about Zen. We look at some of the best books on Zen. Soto Zen, that is.



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    Jundo Cohen: The Zen Master's Dance
    Kosho Uchiyama Roshi: Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice
    Kosho Uchiyama Roshi: How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment
    Shunryu Suzuki: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
    Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings
    Philip Kapleau Roshi: The Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment
    Shohaku Okumura: Realizing Genjokoan: The Key to Dogen's Shobogenzo
    Dogen's Genjo Koan: Three Commentaries
    Shohaku Okumura: The Mountains and Waters Sutra: A Practitioner's Guide to Dogen's "Sansuikyo"
    Steven Heine: Readings of Dōgen's "Treasury of the True Dharma Eye"
    Steven Heine: Dogen: Japan's Original Zen Teacher
    Taigen Dan Leighton: Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dōgen and the Lotus Sutra
    Kosho Uchiyama Roshi: Deepest Practice, Deepest Wisdom: Three Fascicles from Shobogenzo with Commentary
    Kazuaki Tanahashi: Enlightenment Unfolds: the essential teachings of Dogen
    Kazuaki Tanahashi: Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen
    Will Johnson: The Posture of Meditation
    Barbara Hoetsu O'Brien: The Circle of the Way - A Concise History of Zen from the Buddha to the Modern World
    Jonathan Landaw & Stephan Bodian: Buddhism For Dummies
    Diana St. Ruth: Simple Guide to Zen Buddhism
    Sky Above, Great Wind: The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan, translated by Kazuaki Tanahashi
    Kazuaki Tanahashi: The Complete Cold Mountain: Poems of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan
    Red Pine: The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain
    Norman Fischer & Susan Moon: What Is Zen?: Plain Talk for a Beginner's Mind
    Stephen Batchelor: The Art of Solitude
    Brian Daizen Victoria: Zen at War
    Suggested BOOKS & MEDIA on Zen Practice (Treeleaf)


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    • 27 min
    Episode 103: Jundo's Decluttering Tips

    Episode 103: Jundo's Decluttering Tips

    We have too much stuff. We discuss the CohenJundo method of decluttering.



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    - Jundo Cohen: The Zen Master's Dance

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

jacobyyoung ,

Car Talk for Zen

I mean this in the absolute nicest way possible, listening to Jundo and Kirk is like listening to Car Talk, but instead of about mufflers it’s meditation. Have listened to every episode in full and will continue to do so.

P.S. I love Jundo’s singing.

LittleJadeJade ,

Non-Bias Teaching, 10 thumbs up!

I love this podcast for its dynamics between the 2 hosts, non-bias teaching of Zen, and topic based on daily life events.

There is often partial view in any kind of religion commentators, practitioners, and participants. However, I love so much about this podcast is the talks being so honest, without any attempt to cover anything imperfect or unideal in Zen practices or practitioners. It’s so good to have this podcast exist.

Thank you guys for making this wonderful program.

Jack&Mama ,

Zen & Yoga

I love listening to this podcast on my way to yoga practice. Jundo and Kirk put me in a good frame of mind without letting me get too serious about myself. Thank you.

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