Is Life Only the Choice Between Hedonism and Austerity?

A friend just shared this story:
Two close boyhood friends grow up and go their separate ways. One becomes a humble monk, the other a rich and powerful minister to the king. Years later they meet. As they catch up, the minister (in his fine robes) takes pity on the thin, shabby monk.
Seeking to help, he says: ”You know, if you could learn to cater to the king you wouldn’t have to live on rice and beans.”
To which the monk replies: ”If you could learn to live on rice and beans you wouldn’t have to cater to the king.”

While I enjoy the story’s play with words, I also find it supporting misconceptions of being “spiritual” and “worldly.” It goes like this: if you are spiritual, you renounce the worldly things, wear shabby clothes and eat rice and beans. Otherwise, you become caught in the material world, wear fine clothes, eat rich food, but ultimately live a vacuous life, as you work and spend your time catering to those in power.

The Indian mystic Osho has given us another choice that makes the most sense to me! He says become Zorba the Buddha!

Zorba knows how to live in this material world. He eats well, drinks wine, dances and sings on the beach, and makes love all night! But he doesn’t know the silence within himself.

Buddha knows how to go to the deepest levels of his being, into the silence and stillness. But he doesn’t know how to live in the material world. Can you imagine Buddha dancing and singing and drinking and making love??!!

So it is the SYNTHESIS of these two – Zorba the Buddha – that gives us the best of both worlds. Being IN the world, but not OF it! Enjoying all the gifts that life can offer, but not caught up in them and distracted from the stillness inside. Then we live a life that truly makes the heart sing!

And that makes a great deal of sense to me!


An evening of “Finding the Work You Love, Finding the Life You Love!” Nov. 4th – FREE!

Ready for a change in your career and your life? Ready to find ways to make your heart sing in and out of work? Then, come join Subhan for an evening of connecting and sharing on Friday, November 4th at 7:00pm !

You are not alone in your wanting to make significant changes. Meeting others with the same longing can be tremendously supportive! And Subhan will share over twenty-three years of experience, insights and understandings with you in the area of finding a career and a life that will satisfy you.

We will be meeting at The World of Meditation Center, (an Oasis in the City!) at 3412 NE 115th St. It is located just two doors off of 35th Ave.

Here are the directions!

There’s plenty of parking in front, on 115th St. and on 35th Ave.

We’ll start at 7pm.

Let us know you are coming! Just email us at or call us at 206-772-8897.

The Class – Finding the Work You Love…at North Seattle Community College

Finding the Work You Love, Finding the Life You Love
An 8-week course at North Seattle Community College (NSCC)

October 12th – December 7th. Time: 7pm – 9pm, Course # 7110; 8 Wednesdays; Place: North Seattle Community College Campus. Register with North Seattle by phone at 206-527-3705 or online HERE. Fee $115.

A $10 course materials fee will be due to instructor on first day of class.
No class on 11/23.

Check out the testimonials of people who have done this work – HERE