About the teacher: An independent Buddhist teacher and writer, Shen Shi’an was one of the founding members of the Dharma Propagation Division of Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (Bright Hill Temple) in 1997. Holding an MA in Buddhist Studies, which covers the major Buddhist traditions, he recently served as a Dharma Trainer and Project Coordinator in its Community Development & Training Department till 2011, focusing on Buddhist research, writing, teaching and answering of media queries. He was the founder of the temple’s Youth Mission (now ‘KMS Youth’), a book purchaser for its Awareness Place project, and the Chief Editor of the Web (and Library) Department, which co-supported Buddhanet.net, one of the world’s most popular Buddhist websites.
He is the founder and editor of TheDailyEnlightenment.com, one of the world’s largest independent Buddhist inspirational e-newsletter with over 28,000 members, the editor of ‘Be a Lamp Upon Yourself’, ‘Awaken: Gateway to Buddhism’ and the writer of ‘The Daily Enlightenment (Book 1,2,3,4)’. He also contributes occasionally to magazines such as ‘Nanyang Buddhist’, ‘Awaken’ (as Contributing Editor) and ‘For You (Information)’, and writes movie reviews for BuddhistChannel.tv, the world’s leading Buddhist news network. He popularised Dharma@Cinema, which is an innovative way of sharing the Dharma through detailed review discussions of both popular and offbeat films, and was part of the film selection team of T.H.I.S Buddhist Film Festival 2009.
Specialising in the Pure Land teachings, he has taught the subject at Singapore Buddhist Federation, Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Centre and Poh Ming Tse, while leading an ongoing weekly Pure Land Practice Fellowship at Kong Meng San. He is used to conducting Dharma discussions for youths for tertiary institutions’ Buddhist societies (SPBS, NPBS, NYPBS, NUSBS, NTUBS) on various subjects, along with the sharing Buddhist perspectives at Secondary Schools (SPS, Manjusri School), Junior Colleges (CJC) and International Schools (UWCSEA, SJII) upon invitation.
He was also a guest speaker for activities hosted by Dharma Drum Mountain (Singapore), Fo Guang Shan (Singapore), Singapore Buddhist Mission Youth and Buddha of Medicine Welfare Society. He has represented Buddhist views at governmental events conducted by NACLI, NHB, NHG, SAF, SPF, MHA, ACM and STB, and was a committee member of the Inter-Religious Organisation, through which he served in interfaith harmony projects. He also co-runs Moonpointer.com, which is a community blog that promotes sharing of Buddhism via creative writing through thousands of articles. (He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for invitations to share the Dharma via talks and classes.)
Feedback from Project Rebirth (Round 2):
‘Overall, Project Rebirth is well received and is an “eye and heart” opener tailored suit to lay Buddhists.’ – Jack
‘I would like to say that I enjoy every lesson tremendously (which I’m surprised of myself) and found myself looking forward to the upcoming lessons. To be truthful, I have never felt, if I may, clear-minded for a long time, after I opened up my mind towards Buddhism. When you told the class about your life story on the first lesson, it struck me hard… I am fortunate enough to be able to “stumble” onto your course…’ ‘I signed up this course as the title of the course, ‘Project Rebirth’ caught my attention. Indeed, the course has lived up to its name. Every two hours spent per week was definitely worthwhile! Best two hours every week! I found myself looking forward towards every session. The teacher uses engaging teaching materials and methods to bring Buddhism alive! Media ranging from films, to music, to newspaper articles. The teacher is very passionate and patient, able to handle questions asked to the best of his knowledge and with humility. The course has opened up my eyes to the vast depth of Buddhism and perked my interest in Buddhism, to be a better being while living in this modern society. As a 20 year old who thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from this course, it is certain that youths and young adults would be able to relate and benefit as well.’ – Kaiying
‘The location of the course was accessible to most people like working adults and its timing suits us as we could come after our work. This course is refreshing and appropriate for people who have queries on the significance of their lives. The core teachings of the Buddha were taught in a chronological and logical way to arouse and sustain our interest in basic Buddhism. Moreover, the presentations were filled with apt and engaging videos and examples to bring across certain points… Overall, it was a pleasant and intriguing experience. I would definitely invite my friends to attend the future series of this course. Thank you.’ – Chee Hao
‘Dear Brother Shi’an, this is my first time attending your class. Found it refreshing. I especially appreciate that your methods and subjects inspire reflections and thoughts about the Buddhadharma and its applications in life. Presents a different perspective. Shows the Buddhadharma to be alive in and around us. Thank you and I hope will have the conditions to join your next class.’ – Jo-Anne
‘As always, the sessions and note are very enlightening… Once again, thank you for your great sharing which I have found very comforting… Your sessions have definitely brought me a deeper understanding of Buddhism… You have conducted the classes in a light-hearted and enjoyable way. It has definitely made me learn much about Buddhism. I wish there are more of such Dharma teachers… in Singapore.’ – Audrey
‘… attended the first lesson. It’s as great as I thought… I like your class extremely well… I have been quite a “passive” Buddhist… [who had] taken refuge for 20 years, but I find your course very informative and lively, which I enjoy a lot!! In fact, I join this course because I like your classes a lot. I have been following Awareness Place classes on and off for many years with friends and all of us like your jokes so much. ^.^ I stay at West Coast. It is a far journey home… but I am willing to travel just to enjoy your classes. I even shortened my leisure trip last month in order to come back in time to attend the class!! Thanks for bringing us ten wonderful lessons!! I am sorry I really can’t provide any negative feedback as I like your class too much!’ – Miaoyun
‘I have always been impressed with the Dharma you have written in the blog (www.moonpointer.com) as well as www.TheDailyEnlightenment.com. You’re so knowledgeable and wise, so I was surprised when you turn out to be such a young practitioner and a Buddhist teacher. Anyway, I am glad our path has crossed and I would appreciate your guidance and kindness… We wish to thank you for the wonderful Dharma you have taught us over the last few weeks and we have benefited a lot…’ – Kim
‘Never a dull moment!’ – Danny
‘Casual style in sharing of course content. Lots of appropriate, interesting illustrations and video. Good sharing of experiences/examples that help us to relate better to what certain points are about.’ – Jetty
‘Thanks for being a wonderful lecturer. Lessons were well conducted and interesting.’ – Andy
‘Thank you very much for opening this Dharma class for us and for having taught us so many things. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to attend the class. I did enjoy the class very much and am enjoying with the Dharma teaching that is learned so far. It helps to resolve and answer some of the questions in my life and am still in progress of digesting all the lessons taught, and hope can discover more.’ – Huimin
‘I think the course was really good. Especially with the extracts from movies etc, which makes it really interesting for the”younger and modern” generation!’ – Wendy
Feedback From Past Courses By Shen Shi’an: