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Some Feedback From First Round:
Hi Bro. Shi’an, Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. Though have heard and read this 圆通章 some time ago, but only now do I realise its meaning… and it is enlightening. This will further reinforce our confidence in 念佛 practice. I have started and will make an effort to recite the 圆通章 daily to strengthen this understanding. Do continue this course for the benefit of all if not more beings… 續佛慧命！阿彌陀佛! Kind Regards, Andrew
Hi Bro Shi’an, once again, thank you for conducting 大势至菩萨念佛圆通章, a sutra which is not commonly known, which even many Buddhists are not aware of. Upon comprehending the narration by 大势至菩萨, this short 244-word sutra indeed develops a feeling within that Amituofo is of close proximity and is always ready to welcome us (his ‘children’) back ‘home’. My aspiration to be reborn in Pure Land hence stretches even further. I have started to recite this sutra followed by continuous Nianfo during night chanting at home and I do feel a stronger sense of devotion and good faith in Amituofo. I will continue to develop habitual Nianfo during times when my mind is at rest (idle), ie. waiting, walking, exercising, doing household chores, moments before sleep, etc… It’s great that you’ve introduced this course which may be ‘simple’ in content, but deep in result if we put it into sincere practice. With Metta, Bro. Tuck Khuen
Hi Teacher Shi’an, thanks for creating this new course. It is very enriching and interesting. It teaches us the proper way of Nianfo and to understand its benefits. I enjoyed your lessons. Keep it up! Amituofo, Choy Leng
Really grateful to encounter this Nianfo practice as a means and path to realise enlightenment – an idea which I had ruled out as simply not possible in our world. It gives hope and I will always be grateful that it gives me the chance to help my family and maybe friends to reach Pure Land. – Adeline
Hi Shi’an, thank you for your tips on 念佛. Previously, I tried hard to fight stray thoughts during chanting aloud. The chanting was like any ‘mundane’ task when my mind became idle and started to do some ‘multi-tasking’. After attending your classes, I learnt wholeheartedness is an important factor and it has to start with the mind… Thank you again for the inspirations. Attending your classes helps to strengthen my faith. Amituofo _/|\_ – Rebecca
Thanks Shi’an, for your teaching and valuable guidance. I have a better understanding of meditative chanting and have made improvement in my practice. I have also realised how profound the Pure Land teaching is and hope more will come to have this realisation. Regards, Mee Nah
Thanks for your notes. So far, I have thoroughly enjoyed your classes. The notes that followed after each class, especially, are very helpful! Amituofo, Wei Peng
Dear Brother Shen, thank you for being so dedicated to your mission of sharing the Dharma! 感恩… Thank you for your time. Amituofo, Jo
Nice course! Yuan Tong Zhang and Da Shi Zhi Pusa’s strength is indeed inspiring. Thanks for the teachings. Amituofo, Shawn
About The Teacher:
An independent Buddhist teacher, author, researcher, translator, editor and poet, 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 a Master of Arts degree in Buddhist Studies that 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 on Buddhism. He was the founder of the temple’s Youth Mission (now ‘KMSPKS Youth’), a book purchaser for its Awareness Place project, and the Chief Editor of the Web & Library Department, that co-supported Buddhanet.net, an online Buddhist education hub.
He is the founder and editor of TheDailyEnlightenment.com (since 1997), one of the world’s largest independent Buddhist inspirational e-newsletters, with over 31,000 members, the editor of ‘Be a Lamp Upon Yourself’, ‘The Stonepeace Book (Volume 1-2)’, ‘Awaken: Gateway to Buddhism (CD-ROM)’ and the author-editor of ‘The Daily Enlightenment: Reflections For Practising Buddhists (Book 1-7)’ and the bestselling graphic novel, ‘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 Contributing Editor), ‘For You Information’ (for which he was invited to be an editorial board member), and ‘Eastern Horizon’. He served with the film selection team of a Buddhist film festival, writes movie reviews for BuddhistChannel.tv, 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 mainstream and independent films.
Publishing and using retranslated sūtras and treatise texts, he has taught on the Pure Land teachings at Singapore Buddhist Federation, Kong Meng San, Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Centre and Poh Ming Tse. He also leads the Pureland Practice Fellowship (which he founded in 2008).
He is also occasionally invited to conduct Dharma discussions for youths of tertiary institutions’ Buddhist societies (NTUBS, NUSBS, SIMBB, NPBS, NYPBS) 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, The Buddhist Union, Buddhist Fellowship 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, having represented Buddhist points of view at national events held by NACLI, NHB, NHG, SAF, SPF, MHA, ACM, SPM, STB, OnePeople.sg, IRCC and MCYS.
He also co-runs Moonpointer.com, which is a community blog that promotes creative sharing of Buddhism via thousands of articles. He can be reached at tde<a>thedailyenlightenment.com for invitations to share the Dharma via articles and talks.
Interview In Buddhist Magazine: http://moonpointer.com/new/2011/07/interview-with-shen-shian
Please Be Mindful Of Your Speech, Namo Amituofo!