(Chosen by Manjusri Secondary School’s Buddhist Interact Club, Round 9 of Project Rebirth will be shared with their interested students and teachers, from 26 Jan 2015 onwards. Members of the public are most welcomed to join Round 10 below.)
Feedback From Previous Rounds:
I have enjoyed your class last Monday. Specially the ‘bring-home’ message of ‘What is the meaning of life?’ It made me ponder… – Shirley
Looking forward to the notes that you will be sending. The [first] two lessons have [already] been really thought-provoking and fulfilling. Thank you! Best regards, Seok Wei
Dear Shi’an, firstly, my appreciation to you for making the course so interesting. Secondly I can associate Buddhism in our modern context better now thanks to your course examples using movies and modern everyday happenings. – Norman
You have made the class very interesting. Your slides are relevant and fun to read. You examples are humourous but make great sense. You are well read and knowledgeable which is very important as a spiritual speaker. Your words are powerful and you made sure that concepts are not misinterpreted. This meticulous trait is also very important for the teachings to be spread correctly. I can see you have put in a lot of effort in your slides. Well, some may say it’s your full-time job, but I still think it requires great effort and a lot of passion to be doing what you are doing, so keep it up! Thanks and I will look forward to attending more of your courses! – Rebecca
Dear Shian, thank you for sharing with us the Dharma, and I have greatly enjoyed your lessons. You have made me realise that life is not just about what we have and want but on sharing and giving with true compassion and love even to those who have caused us pain and rejection. I am looking forward to your lessons again on Project Transformation. Thank you for your effort and time in sharing of your knowledge with us. Amituofo! Ms Tan
Hi Bro Shian! Very grateful to have the opportunity to attend this class and learn more about the Dharma. The lessons were fun and interesting as usual, with many quotes (I love them!), animations/ videos and your own stories and analogies (especially the one about the two arrows which is imprinted in my mind now as I find it so true!) to bring your points across. All of these made learning the Dharma even easier, but not forgetting the effort you put in to organise all the information into concise points for the purpose of the lessons. Thank you once again! Amituofo. With metta, Stephanie
Thanks much! I’ve enjoyed the lessons (1 & 2) so far. Regards, Hooi Ling
You have been doing a great job! Keep it up! – Wenjin
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 attended your Project Rebirth class yesterday (as the first lesson) and I learnt a lot from it. – Kelly
Thumbs up for blending (the materials) so well and your good Powerpoint presentation skills. Your sense of humour is remarkable but unneeded to wow your audience. I can’t fault you and think you deserve every single praise as rightly dedicated below : ) – Ming Rui
Thank you very much for the Project Rebirth materials. It is wonderful to have such concise information. I really feel as if I have found the spiritual source I have been searching for. If not for you and your words, I may not found the right path. I will read everything you sent me, and also look forward to share them with my friends. Once again, thank you for offering a very enlightening and informative (course and) website. I am very happy to learn how to apply Buddhism in daily life. Best Regards, Sheila
Desiring to learn increases learning; by learning wisdom increases; when wisdom increases, it brings happiness. Thank you so much, and I wish you all the best. – Cheng Wan
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
It is a great opportunity for me to learn the Dharma from you. Through the interestingly conducted classes, I have been more exposed to Buddhism as a religion itself. It allows me to accept Buddhism in a steadfastly secular manner, where it is a teaching to improve oneself in becoming a better person. Nevertheless, it has been enjoyable to attend your lessons as they are both awe-inspiring and captivating at the same time. Each lesson lays a path to rediscover, reflect and recharge yourself… Once again, thank you for answering my questions and being such a great guide of the Dharma. I truly admire your courage to detach yourself from the corporate world and devote into spreading the truth, influencing as many beings as you can. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavours and look forward to your new courses and books. – Jason
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:
Shen Shi’an 沈时安: 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 all 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, a popular Buddhist education website.
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 writer 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 is the author-editor-translator of 13 books.)
He also contributes occasionally to magazines such as ‘Nanyang Buddhist’, ‘Awaken’ (for which he was a 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 popular and offbeat films.
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.
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, and its Buddhist Interact Club), 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, Kampung Senang and Green Haven. 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, MCYS and MCCY.
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<at>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