The Zen of Everything

The Zen of Everything

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A zen take on life, love, laughter, and everything else.


31: The Precepts
Aug 7 • 29 min
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 The Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts What is the Rakusu? Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics Theme…
30: Rituals
Jul 24 • 27 min
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 108 (Wikipedia) Mala (Wikipedia) Heart Sutra (Wikipedia) Theme music by Kiku Day. To submit a question,…
29: Zensex
Jul 10 • 26 min
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 Buddhism and sexuality (Wikipedia) Theme music by Kiku Day. To submit a question,…
28: Our Team
Jun 26 • 26 min
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 Zazenkai Sunday June 21st with Writer-Zen Historian Barbara O'Brien Episode 14:…
27: For Justice & Peace
Jun 12 • 27 min
In this time of protests around the world, we discuss how Zen approaches injustice and protest. Treeleaf Zendo For Justice & Peace Socially DIS-engaged Buddhism Metta (Loving Kindness) for All in Social Unrest Theme music by Kiku Day. To submit a…
26: Zen Books
May 29 • 28 min
"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,…
25: Sitting with Pain
May 15 • 26 min
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:…
24: Walking
May 1 • 27 min
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. To submit a question, send an email to…
23: Silence
Apr 17 • 27 min
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. To submit a question,…
22: Hope
Apr 3 • 25 min
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…
21: Zen in Quarantine
Mar 20 • 23 min
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…
20: Zen in the Time of Coronavirus
Mar 7 • 27 min
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. Treeleaf Zendo Coronavirus rumors fuel panic buying of toilet paper in…
19: Original Buddhism, Changing Buddhism
Feb 21 • 26 min
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? Treeleaf Zendo Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It…
18: The Zen of Kids
Feb 7 • 28 min
Jundo and Kirk talk about zen and parenting. Treeleaf Zendo Biography of Gautama Buddha (Wikipedia) Dr. Seuss books Winnie the Pooh The Giving Tree Stone Soup Zen Shorts Puppy Mind Theme music by Kiku Day. To submit a question, send an email to…
17: Is Zen Hard or Easy?
Jan 24 • 27 min
Jundo and Kirk discuss "hard" and "easy" zen. Has zen become too easy? Is it too hard? You are New York all along. Treeleaf Zendo Junici Saga: Memories of Silk and Straw The Next Track podcast Honkyoku Theme music by Kiku Day. To submit a question, send…
16: War - What Is it Good For?
Jan 10 • 30 min
Jundo and Kirk talk about zen and war. How should zen practitioners act when faced with war? How can we prevent war? Treeleaf Zendo Brian Daizen Victoria: Zen at War “Zen at War” Brian Victoria: Throwing Bombs at Kodo Edwin Starr: War (YouTube) Theme…
15: I’m Dreaming of a Zen Christmas
Dec 27, 2019 • 29 min
Jundo and Kirk discuss how Christmas and Zen can find common ground, and discuss their favorite Zen Christmas carols. Treeleaf Zendo Rohatsu - Bodhi Day (Wikipedia) Joseph Campbell: The Hero with a Thousand Faces Santa Bodhisattva Yes, Virginia, there is…
14: What Is the Sound of One Kōan Clapping?
Dec 13, 2019 • 28 min
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. Treeleaf Zendo Kōan (Wikipedia)…
13: Meditation Is Easy
Nov 29, 2019 • 25 min
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. Treeleaf Zendo The Circle of the Way The Jhanas in Theravada Buddhist Meditation…
12: One Is the One
Nov 15, 2019 • 27 min
Jundo and Kirk discuss the idea of oneness. The good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly are all facets of the great jewel. Treeleaf Zendo Transparent eyeball (Wikipedia) Emerson and Zen Buddhism Theme music by Kiku Day. To submit a question, send an…
11: The Dokusan Room is Kinda Baloney
Nov 1, 2019 • 29 min
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…
10: Zen in the West and Zen in Japan
Oct 18, 2019 • 30 min
Jundo and Kirk discuss differences between the way zen is practiced in the west compared to in Japan. Treeleaf Zendo Philip Kapleau: The Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo Paris Hilton takes…
9: Favorites
Oct 4, 2019 • 27 min
Jundo and Kirk talk discuss favorites. What is the best ice cream flavor? What is the best fruit? Do favorites matter? Do appearances matter? Treeleaf Zendo Wabi-sabi (Wikipedia) Introduction to Agama Sutra: The First Buddhist Scripture (on Wei Nung)…
8: Things Aren’t That Bad
Sep 20, 2019 • 28 min
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. Steven Pinker: The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined Malaria vaccine launched in Kenya:…
7: Zen and Religion, Sutra Thumpers, and Mindfulness Meditation
Sep 6, 2019 • 24 min
Jundo and Kirk discuss whether you can practice Zen Buddhism if you are a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or believer in another religion. Meditation helped me drag myself out of self-loathing and failure Theme music by Kiku Day. To submit a question, send an…
6: Do Robots Have Buddha Nature?
Aug 23, 2019 • 24 min
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. Kannon Bodhisattva robot unveiled at Kyoto temple to share Buddha's religious teachings Guanyin (Wikipedia) The hard…
5: Shikantaza, Grape Juice, Alzheimer’s, Mindfulness, Buddhism as Religion, and a Woman who Feels no Pain
Aug 9, 2019 • 26 min
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…
4: Good Days, Hot Weather, Ikkyu, Happiness, Politics, Anger, Appliances, and the Ugly Lama
Jul 26, 2019 • 27 min
Jundo explains why all days are good days, and Kirk laments the hot weather in Europe. They revisit Ikkyu ("that old horndog"), and discuss politics, anger, a dead appliance, and the Ugly Lama. Kōdō Sawaki (Wikipedia) lKKYU was a DRUNKEN HORNDOG…
3: Cars, Drugs, Busses, and Simple Living
Jul 12, 2019 • 25 min
Jundo and Kirk discuss what makes a car a car, whether gamblers and criminals should donate money to good causes, how a bus driver can help make the world better, and a book on simple living. Treeleaf Zendo He’s Playing His Cards Right Ikkyū (Wikipedia)…
2: Hot Dogs, Space Aliens, Vegetarians, Glasses, and Sitting Zazen Every Day
Jun 28, 2019 • 27 min
All things are impermanent, but this podcast has made it to its second episode. Jundo and Kirk discuss whether a hot dog is a sandwich, explore the question of being a vegetarian, whether one should wear glasses when sitting zazen, and whether one really,…
1: Cats, Lawyers, Health, Women, and Roshis
Jun 7, 2019 • 28 min
For the first episode of The Zen of Everything, we explain why we started this podcast, and what we plan to do. We then explore whether cats are zen masters, discuss Buddhist lawyers, talk about practicing zen with health problems, explore the idea of…