With the coronavirus pandemic rapidly sweeping across the globe, it has extracted a heavy toll on livelihoods, economies and mental health.

We are all struggling, to certain degree to adjust to the new normal as the outbreak has upended our way of life, in some ways forever.

In these dark times, we may seek psychological guidance to cope with stresses and anxieties we face in everyday life.

Following the previous discussion on making the most of every moment, we will be looking into a Buddhist teaching of second arrow, as introduced in The Book of Ichigo Ichie, to help us navigate through this maelstrom of pain, suffering and strain.

Second Arrow 

The parable of the second arrow goes as follows:

The Buddha once asked a student, “If a person is walking through the forest and is shot by an arrow, is it painful?” 

“Of course!” was the reply of the student.