The Buddha had a disciple named Sona, who couldn’t progress in his meditation. He was so disheartened that he wanted to abandon the ascetic life, and went to ask the Buddha for advice.
“Sona,” the Buddha said, “before you became a monk, you were a musician. What happens when the strings of a lute are tuned too tightly?”
“It sounds unpleasant and the strings can break at any time,” Sona replied.
“What about a string that is too loose?” the Buddha asked. … Continue reading