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The Second Arrow

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Professor Tan Hun Tong

3rd September 2023

How is your week going? Last week, we were delighted to have our old friend Remy share his adventure writing and his findings of Learning to Stop: Mindfulness Meditation as Anti-Violence Pedagogy. This week, we will invite a new friend, Professor Hun Tong, to lead us with a discussion of “the second arrow”.

The Buddha spoke about a person who is shot by the first arrow but then shot himself with a second arrow. Are we this person? The questions Hun Tong invites us to consider are:

  1. Think of an incident or incidents when something unpleasant or painful happened. What was your reaction then?
  2. Looking back, do you think your reaction helped you or made things worse?
  3. Looking back, would you have reacted any differently?