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Course: Project Rebirth (Rediscover, Reflect, Recharge) Round 6

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Feedback From Previous Rounds:

Like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation of your effort in conducting the sessions. Steven and myself thoroughly enjoyed every lesson. Though it was just 2 sessions (so far), I felt energised after the class and try to cultivate some self-reflection on my thoughts daily as time goes by… You are a fantastic and interesting teacher. – Pris & Steven

I do find myself progressing better, slightly, as I attend your classes. The course does not only provide me with a better understanding of Buddhism, it also given me the courage to step forward to help those around me. – Annie

Thanks for this wonderful course. You have so much things to share, that maybe 10 lessons is not enough? :-] Through this course I have decided on three things: 1) Become a vegetarian or vegan 2) Take the Threefold Refuge and 3) Learn more about Buddhism. Buddhism does make me a better person, thanks again. – Amituofo, Leng

Just wanna let u know that I thought project rebirth is a good class. – Jarene

Thanks for taking effort to send us the notes. Have enjoyed your lessons very much. – Amituofo, Clarice

Thank you. I really enjoyed your lessons. I am looking forward to the next course… – Best regards, Wai Ling

The last lesson was really good! Cos the last 3 parts have the things that I’m interested to know, like karma and rebirth, Buddhist rituals, and refuge. And I learnt a lot in a single session. It was easy to understand. And it’s interesting too.’ – Regards, Yicai

Thank you for enlightening me on Buddhist thought. I attended your course as I wanted to know more about life, and how to be contented and happy with oneself… After attending each of your sessions, I also emailed your notes to my husband for his reading, and he too, finds them enlightening and beneficial for becoming a better person… Thank you for doing a GREAT job and giving me some inspirations in my life. – Regards, Swee Khoon

Hi Shi’an, thank you for running Project Rebirth. I have learnt much. – Adel

Hi Shi’an… I would like to say that I enjoyed the sessions of Project Rebirth very much. This is my first course with you and I totally enjoyed it! Kudos! – Sze Jie

I was in the class for Project Rebirth round 2… I attended this round (4) as was accompanying my friend. Positive feedback for this round – I noticed that you have more diagrams and slides prepared which helps participants to relate much better to the concepts. – Wendy 

I really enjoy EVERY session. Every session is a golden opportunity to be free from mundane distractions, and I treasure each moment of learning, relearning, discovery, rediscovery and reflection. I am just so full of energy after each session, though my body is tired at the end of the day. Thank you so much for bringing us these sessions. I benefited so much from them. I have a strong urge to continue learn after this session. – June

Dear Brother Shi’an, Thank you for your effort in sharing the Dhamma… Coming from a Theravada background, your teaching is lighthearted and inspiring… Please keep up the good job. – Jasmine

Both my husband and myself have benefited much from Project Rebirth. The illustrations, analogies and video clips were refreshing and easy to relate, thus making the lessons very interesting, prolonging our attention span and ease in understanding. Deep gratitude. Keep up the good work of propagating the Dharma. Metta, Joyce & Andrew

Shi’an, many thanks for all the enlightening Dharma sharing and discussions!… The sessions have been helpful for me to ponder and see life in a different light. Will help you spread the word for the upcoming run! – Han Yang  

Thank you again for the very interesting class!… The course content is easy to relate to as the teacher supplements it with the usage of movies and everyday examples. Open discussion of topics related to the course content is also encouraged, thus making the learning process more meaningful. Overall, the course has been an enriching experience. Amituofo, Ling

Hi Bro Shi An, I one of your students who are currently attending your Project Rebirth. I’m really enjoying it… Thanks… Sincerely, I’m looking forward to your next advanced course. Please keep me in the loop… – Ivan

I have been interested in Buddhism since I was young but I am embarrassed to say I have never practiced it diligently. Nor have I joined any Buddhist group, though I have always endeavoured to try and keep to the teachings of Buddhism. I joined Project Rebirth so as to receive a formal and proper introduction to the basic teachings of Buddhism, and I must say I have achieved a better and more accurate understanding of Buddhism after the course.  – Leo

Though I started attending Project rebirth from the 5th lesson, there was still much Dharma for my learning, and I enjoyed every lesson attended. I did hestiate to attend Project rebirth because of the location, but am glad I gave myself a chance to learn. And thanks to you for sharing the Dharma. – Abrie

I want to thank you for conducting this course. I’ve been reading Buddhism materials (although not diligently) since year 2004 and couldn’t understand most of its teachings… Having a busy lifestyle coupled with commitments and responsibilities, I find it really helpful to attend Buddhism classes like this as it helps me to put aside time to listen and learn about Buddhahood. – Caryn

I am grateful for the opportunity to learn Dharma from you. I walked into the class on day 1 with very little knowledge of Buddha and Dharma; as I mostly do self-reading. Now, I walk out with my mind and heart filling with the Buddha and Dharma.  Now, it is up to me to put Dharma into daily practice… I truly benefited a lot from your sessions and hope that many others like me will start this journey with you soon. Till we meet again, take care! Amituofo, YT

About Shen Shi’an 沈时安: An independent Buddhist teacher, writer, poet, translator and editor, he was one of the founding members of the Dharma Propagation Division of Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (Bright Hill Temple in Singapore) in 1997. Holding an MA in Buddhist Studies, which covered the major Buddhist traditions, he served as a Dharma Trainer and Project Coordinator in its Community Development & Training Department until 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, a popular Buddhist education website.

He is the founder and editor of since 1997, one of the world’s largest independent Buddhist inspirational e-newsletters with over 29,000 members, the editor of ‘Be a Lamp Upon Yourself’, ‘The Stonepeace Book’ (Volume 1 & 2), ‘Awaken: Gateway to Buddhism’ and the writer of ‘The Daily Enlightenment (Book 1-5)’ and ‘The Amazing & Amusing Adventures of Sam & Sara: The Zen of All Kinds of Stuff!’ He also contributes occasionally to magazines such as ‘Nanyang Buddhist’, ‘Awaken’ (for which he was a Contributing Editor), ‘For You (Information)’, and ‘Eastern Horizon’. He served with the film selection team of a Buddhist film festival, writes movie reviews for, the world’s leading Buddhist news network, and popularised Dharma@Cinema, which is an innovative way of sharing the Dharma through detailed reviews and discussions of both popular and offbeat films.

Specialising in the Pure Land teachings, he has taught the subject at Singapore Buddhist Federation, Kong Meng San, Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Centre and Poh Ming Tse, while leading an ongoing weekly Pureland Practice Fellowship. He is also occasionally invited to conduct Dharma discussions for youths of tertiary institutions’ Buddhist societies (NUSBS, NTUBS, SIMBB, NYPBS, NPBS) on various subjects, and to introduce Buddhist life perspectives at Secondary Schools (St. Patrick’s School, Manjusri School), Junior Colleges (Catholic Junior College) and International Schools (UWCSEA, SJII).

He was also invited to share on Buddhism by Dharma Drum Mountain (Singapore), Fo Guang Shan (Singapore), Tai Pei Buddhist Centre, Singapore Buddhist Mission Youth, Singapore Buddhist Youth Mission, Wat Ananda Youth, Buddha of Medicine Welfare Society, Buddhist Fellowship, The Buddhist Union and Kampung Senang. He has also been invited to Indonesia and Malaysia to teach.

He was a committee member of the Inter-Religious Organisation, through which he served in interfaith harmony projects by writing and giving of public talks. He has represented Buddhist points of view at governmental events conducted by NACLI, NHB, NHG, SAF, SPF, MHA, ACM, SPM, STB,, IRCC and MCYS.

He also co-runs, which is a community blog that promotes creative sharing of Buddhism via thousands of articles. He can be reached at tde [@] for invitations to share the Dharma via talks and classes.

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