Watch: Leonard Cohen’s contemplative “Leaving the Table” video

The new​ video for the late Leonard Cohen’s “Leaving the Table” begins with what one might read as a meditating Cohen.

Rod Meade Sperry
20 September 2017

A moving new​ video for “Leaving the Table,” from the late Leonard Cohen‘s last LP, “You Want It Darker,” has been released. It begins with what one might read as a meditating Cohen — he was a dedicated Zen student, after all — atop an abstract mountaintop/​cross hybrid​, and then leaping into the air, flying into a version of the world packed with references his to his life and work. Watch it here.

For more about Cohen’s life and his relationship to Zen Buddhism, read Pico Iyer’s “Leonard Cohen Burns, and We Burn With Him.”

Rod Meade Sperry. Photo by Megumi Yoshida, 2024

Rod Meade Sperry

Rod Meade Sperry is the editor of Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar’s online source for committed Buddhists, and the book A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation: Practical Advice and Inspiration from Contemporary Buddhist Teachers. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his partner and their tiny pup, Sid.