Misfortune

Buddhist Principles: Don’t Shoot the Second Arrow

Reading Time: 4 minutes Don’t shoot the second arrow is a Buddhist principle telling us what not to do after misfortune befalls us. According to this metaphor, the first arrow is the misfortunate incident itself, and the second arrow is our negative reaction to it. By telling someone not to shoot the second arrow, we are telling them not to make an unfortunate situation worse than it already is by reacting in a negative way.