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Author: Jundo Cohen & Kirk McElhearn

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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.
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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. Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) Jundo's book, The Zen Master's Dance: A Guide to Understanding Dōgen and Who You Are in the Universe (https://wisdomexperience.org/product/the-zen-masters-dance/) Jīvaka (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jīvaka) COVAX (https://www.who.int/initiatives/act-accelerator/covax) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To get in touch, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
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? Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) Jundo's book, The Zen Master's Dance: A Guide to Understanding Dōgen and Who You Are in the Universe (https://wisdomexperience.org/product/the-zen-masters-dance/) Giri/Haji (https://www.netflix.com/title/80190519) The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (https://amzn.to/3oNZ8xN) Game of Thrones (https://www.hbo.com/game-of-thrones) Schitt's Creek (https://www.netflix.com/title/80036165) The Queen's Gambit (https://www.netflix.com/80234304) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To get in touch, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
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. Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) Jundo's book, The Zen Master's Dance: A Guide to Understanding Dōgen and Who You Are in the Universe (https://wisdomexperience.org/product/the-zen-masters-dance/) How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment (https://amzn.to/3qzc1gq), translation of Tenzo Kyokun with commentary by Kosho Uchiyama. A series of old video talks (https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showthread.php?12716-Master-Dogen-s-INSTRUCTIONS-FOR-THE-COOK-%28REPOST%29) by Jundo Cohen on Instructions for the Cook Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To get in touch, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Episode 42: Ego

Episode 42: Ego

2021-01-0826:12

The ego can be big or small, solid or permeable. Is the "ego" the "self," and when is ours too big? Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) The Zen Master's Dance, Jundo's book (https://wisdomexperience.org/product/the-zen-masters-dance/) Kosho Uchiyama: Opening the Hand of Thought (https://amzn.to/3hROtR5) Shunryū Suzuki (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shunryū_Suzuki) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To get in touch, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Episode 41: Miracles

Episode 41: Miracles

2020-12-2525:43

Miracles are everywhere, in the tiniest blade of grass, in the noisiest sneeze, in the simplest loaf of bread. Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) The Zen Master's Dance, Jundo's book (https://wisdomexperience.org/product/the-zen-masters-dance/) The Goldilocks Zone (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circumstellar_habitable_zone) Helios (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helios) The Miracle of Mindfulness, by Thich Nhat Hahn (https://amzn.to/3mNQRZD) Lou Tannen's (https://www.tannens.com) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To get in touch, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Episode 40: Change

Episode 40: Change

2020-12-1125:16

"Nothing is still, everything is constantly in motion," says Jundo, as we discuss the one constant in the universe: change. Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) Episode 14: What Is the Sound of One Kōan Clapping? (https://www.zen-of-everything.com/14) The kōan mentioned is Dasui’s Aeonic Fire (https://www.lionsroar.com/destroyed-not-destroyed/) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To get in touch, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Episode 39: Nature

Episode 39: Nature

2020-11-2722:24

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. Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) Writers retreat: seven authors on their outdoor escapes from lockdown (https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/nov/23/writers-retreat-seven-authors-on-their-outdoor-escapes-from-lockdown) Buddha nature (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha-nature) Episode 24: Walking (https://www.zen-of-everything.com/24) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To submit a question, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
After the results of the presidential election in the United States, Jundo and Kirk talk about reconciliation. Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) George Lakoff on "your brain on Trump" (https://www.marketplace.org/2017/04/18/transcript-blog-trump-george-lakoff/) Swastika (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika) Episode 36: A Zen Guide to Elections (https://www.zen-of-everything.com/36) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To submit a question, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Jundo has a new book out: The Zen Master's Dance, A Guide to Understanding Dogen and Who You Are in the Universe. He and Kirk discuss Dogen, the book, and how to dance. Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) The Zen Master's Dance (https://wisdomexperience.org/product/the-zen-masters-dance) Dōgen (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dōgen) Caodong school (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caodong_school) Huineng (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huineng) John Coltrane: My Favorite Things (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWG2dsXV5HI) Lotus Sutra (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_Sutra) Stupa (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stupa) Episode 13: Meditation Is Easy (https://www.zen-of-everything.com/13) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To submit a question, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Without endorsing any particular candidate, Kirk and Jundo talk about how Buddhist values and Precepts should guide the voter in elections in the U.S. and other countries. Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) Vote (https://iwillvote.com) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To submit a question, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Episode 35: Karma

Episode 35: Karma

2020-10-0226:02

Good karma, bad karma, everyone knows about karma, right? Jundo and Kirk discuss what karma means, and how you count your karma points. Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) Karma (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma) The Sopranos (https://www.hbo.com/the-sopranos) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To submit a question, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Treeleaf is an online sangha, and has been around since 2006. How does a sangha work when members don't meet each other physically? Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) Nyoi (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruyi_(scepter)) Sluggard waker (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sluggard_waker) Keisaku (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keisaku) Hossu (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hossu) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To submit a question, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Is zen competitive? Is competition a bad thing? Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) Tour de France (https://www.letour.fr) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To submit a question, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Episode 32: Happiness

Episode 32: Happiness

2020-08-2128:21

Can zen make you happy? Should it? Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) The Origins of the Pursuit of Happiness (https://openscholarship.wustl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1123&context=law_jurisprudence) No Stupid Questions: Are You a Maximizer or a Satisficer? (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/nsq-maximizer-satisficer/) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To submit a question, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
There are a number of precepts that have to be followed by Zen practitioners. Jundo and Kirk discuss these precepts, and how strict they are. Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) The Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts (https://tricycle.org/magazine/the-sixteen-bodhisattva-precepts/) What is the Rakusu? (https://www.lionsroar.com/the-rakusu/) Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Laws_of_Robotics) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To submit a question, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Episode 30: Rituals

Episode 30: Rituals

2020-07-2427:45

There are a lot of rituals in Zen. Where do they come from? Why are they still performed? And what's the thing about the number 108? Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) 108 (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/108_(number)) Mala (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japamala) Heart Sutra (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_Sutra) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To submit a question, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Episode 29: Zensex

Episode 29: Zensex

2020-07-1026:19

Many Zen priests in Japanese Buddhism have active sex lives, others are celibate. We discuss how Buddhism treats sex, and how it makes the world go around. Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) Buddhism and sexuality (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism_and_sexuality) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To submit a question, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Episode 28: Our Team

Episode 28: Our Team

2020-06-2626:53

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. Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) Zazenkai Sunday June 21st with Writer-Zen Historian Barbara O'Brien (https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showthread.php?17872-ATTENTION-Special-Zazenkai-SUN-June-21st-with-Writer-Zen-Historian-Barbara-O-Brien) Episode 14: What Is the Sound of One Kōan Clapping? (https://www.zen-of-everything.com/14) Zensabō (http://www.kikuday.com/zensabo/) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To submit a question, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
In this time of protests around the world, we discuss how Zen approaches injustice and protest. Treeleaf Zendo (https://www.treeleaf.org) For Justice & Peace (https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showthread.php?17840-For-Justice-Peace) Socially DIS-engaged Buddhism (https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showthread.php?17835-Split-Thread-Socially-DIS-engaged-Buddhism) Metta (Loving Kindness) for All in Social Unrest (https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showthread.php?17851-Metta-%28Loving-Kindness%29-for-All-in-Social-Unrest) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To submit a question, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Episode 26: Zen Books

Episode 26: Zen Books

2020-05-2928:10

"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 (https://www.treeleaf.org) Bodhidharma (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhidharma) Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (https://amzn.to/36JTaqw) Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (https://amzn.to/2X9anGv) Buddhism For Dummies (https://amzn.to/3ceqx5D) Simple Guide to Zen Buddhism (https://amzn.to/3esBPVs) What Is Zen?: Plain Talk for a Beginner's Mind (https://amzn.to/2Agiich) The Circle of the Way (https://amzn.to/2zDgwlq) The Three Pillars of Zen (https://amzn.to/36JUDNy) Opening the Hand of Thought (https://amzn.to/3dbqOry) How to Cook Your Life (https://amzn.to/2AdFwzC) The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo (https://amzn.to/2AcG7lg) Realizing Genjokoan: The Key to Dogen's Shobogenzo (https://amzn.to/2XB5ntf) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To submit a question, send an email to podcast@zen-of-everything.com. If you like the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
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Yokai

Thank you Jundo & Kirk. Inspiring and entertaining as always.

May 10th
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Yokai

Thank you Jundo and Kirk for illuminating silence, sound and noise in such a helpful and amusing way. Deep bows, Chris

Apr 18th
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