Project Makan: Vegetarianism & Veganism In The True Sutras (2nd Run)

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Some Past Feedback: 

Dear Shi’an Laoshi, thank you for conducting the Project Makan class. You have so much to teach and we have so much to learn, not only in this class but over many courses you have taught. I have attended several of your courses and I am amazed at your profound research and knowledge. I am already a vegetarian and am trying to switch to veganism gradually. I am truly blessed to meet a teacher like you. I really appreciate the tireless efforts you put in to each and every course.  – Helen

It changed my life! I became a vegan IMMEDIATELY after the course ended. It’s been two and a half year since! Facts and logic speak to me. I’m glad Brother Shi’an put together the course, which is backed up by an abundance of facts and which led me to only one logical conclusion. And that resulted in me taking the only appropriate, and in my view ethical, course of action – to not contribute to the demand for animal products. I feel more at peace now. And I’ve been sleeping better at night! 🙂 – Teh Hooi Ling

Hello Shen Laoshi, I stopped consuming meat around 4 years ago, and ever since I took your Project Makan course, I’ve eliminated seafood as well. I recently gave birth to my baby girl and I would like to raise her on a hopefully vegan diet as well… Thank you for opening our eyes to a world of cruelty-free consumerism! Amituofo, Yuqi

Glad to have attended this class to understand the truth behind the enormous sufferings of pitiful and helpless animals… Yeah, so now that we know; it’s time to start to have conviction to better ourselves, and be equanimous towards all animals rather than being deluded for our entire lives over endless cycles. Thank youm Bro Shi’an, this course has really created an IMPACT! – Suyin

Thank you Shi’An, for all your time and effort to clear many of my doubts of being flexitarian, vegetarian and going vegan. 谢谢你的用心良苦. Happy eating! 度众生,不是吃众生, gotta drill this in, everyday self-reflect. Life is precious. Amituofo, Yu Miao

谢谢老师。虽然只上了最后四堂课,但给予我的振撼確实非常的強。让我看到自己的无知,因为无知而造成众生的受苦受难。我一定要听從老师苦口婆心的劝告,成为一个 Maha-vegan。阿弥陀佛。– Jean

Respected Bro Shi’an, I would like to express gratefulness for sharing with us such magnificent knowledge in Project Makan. After seeing a few slides on how the animals undergo tremendous suffering for our tastebuds, I was instantaneously awakened, feeling shame and remorse. It was indeed a life-changing moment for a new chapter of my life. There and then, I began to be a vegan. May Bro Shi’an live long and healthy in Samsara to benefit all sentient beings. Amituofo. With loving-kindness, Geok Choo

Three years into Buddhism, I was only a 90% vegetarian, in transition to a more vegan diet before this course. As a Buddhist, I also wanted to know exactly what Buddha taught on different circumstances… Presented with lots of powerful visuals, the course contents are compelling and moving with the right amount of black humour. It’s hard to be oblivious and look the other way, as Buddhists or non-Buddhists. I think people who have signed up are more or less ‘going vegetarian/vegan’. This course will be the final push as it did for me. Thank you for putting this together. – Kelly

I signed up for Project Makan to find out more about what the Buddha had to say concerning vegetarianism and veganism. I recommend this course, especially if you would like to know more about the food you are eating. – Irene

Dear Laoshi, thank you for the Project Makan course, that was filled with compassion. It changed my mindset and I really liked it that you taught based on the Buddha’s teachings. Though I was never a heavy meat-eater, I used to say that I could never become a vegetarian. However, this course urged me to become a vegan. Knowledge is power. Power to move forward with the right decision. – WS

I attended Project Makan hoping to learn how to eat healthy as a vegetarian. Thank you for making the lessons so informative and interesting. Thank you for introducing veganism to us. The knowledge learnt ended my ignorance of how consumerism can cause immeasurable suffering to many sentient beings. The practice of compassion can start from each individual by ending one’s demand due to greed and attachment to food and materialism. A simple class that delivers powerful life-changing messages. With gratitude for your teaching, Laoshi. Amituofo. Yours sincerely, – Freddie

Thank you for the class. It was great and it helps reinforce my determination to switch from vegetarianism to veganism. I am a part-time vegetarian now, taking baby steps. – Serene

Thank you for conducting this insightful and meaningful course. Quoting from the relevant sutras, Laoshi managed to explain in a logical and systematic way, that the Buddha in fact did not have any ‘conflicting’ teachings regarding meat-eating. This clarification is very essential and helpful for having the right view, for sharing with fellow Buddhists.

Laoshi used a lot of visuals, including comic strips and videos, to provoke our thoughts and make us look within to find the answers to important questions. One very powerful comic strip was about this person who felt ‘strong revulsion’ when the killing took place just outside his house, ‘some revulsion’ when the killing took place a short distance away, but ‘no revulsion’ when the killing took place in an abattoir far away. Out of sight, out of mind? But has anything really changed?

I feel that this course has something to offer for everyone. It may trigger you to start going, or help you to reach the finishing line on the path to vegetarianism/veganism. I hope more people can attend this course. With gratitude, – KH

The course is very interesting, with powerful visuals and heart-wrenching videos. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to gain insight into the meat industry. – Bee Lan

Thank you for conducting this meaningful course. It helped me more to understand and explain to my colleagues when they ask me [about going veg] – Merlin

About Shen Shi’an 沈时安:

Shen Shi’an (沈时安) is an independent Buddhist teacher, author, researcher, translator, editor and publisher. He was a founding member of the Dharma Propagation Division of Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (Bright Hill Temple) in 1997. Holding a Master of Arts degree in Buddhist Studies from University of Sunderland (March 2009), that covered all major Buddhist traditions, he served as the Dharma Trainer & Project Coordinator in its Community Development & Training Department until 2011, focusing on research-writing, teaching and answering of media queries on Buddhism. He was the founder of the temple’s Youth Mission, book purchaser for its Awareness Place project, and the Chief Editor of the Web & Library Department, that supported Buddhanet.

He is the founder and editor of since 1997, one of the largest independent Buddhist inspirational e-newsletters with over 33,500 members, editor of ‘Be a Lamp Upon Yourself’, ‘The Stonepeace Book (Volume 1-2)’, ‘Awaken: Gateway to Buddhism (CD-ROM)’, 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 is the author-editor-translator of 15 books.) 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, a Buddhist news network, and created Dharma@Cinema, which shares the Dharma through detailed film reviews.

With retranslated sutras and treatises, 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 graduated from, and was invited to be a group counsellor for the ‘Theory And Practice Of Pure Land Buddhism’ course (净土教理研修班) at Singapore Buddhist Lodge, and to be its commemorative magazine’s chief editor. He has also committed to the Bodhisattva Precepts at Donglin Monastery (东林寺), which was founded by the First Patriarch Of The Pure Land Tradition Great Master Huiyuan.

He was also invited to teach Sunday School teachers on how to discern controversial ‘Buddhist’ groups. He is also occasionally invited to conduct Dharma discussions for youths of tertiary institutions’ Buddhist societies (NTUBS, NUSBS, SIMBB, NPBS, NYPBS, SPBS) on various subjects, and to introduce Buddhist 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 NUS Medical Dhamma Circle, 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 Dharma Centre, Buddhist Fellowship, Dot Connections Growth Centre and Kampung Senang. He has also been invited to Indonesia (Ekayana Buddhist Centre) and Malaysia (Than Hsiang Temple) 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 talks, having represented Buddhist points of view at national events held by NACLI, NHB, NHG, SAF, SPF, MHA, ACM, SPM, STB,, IRCC and MCYS. He was also chosen to be a volunteer member of the Publications Consultative Panel under Singapore’s Ministry Of Communications And Information’s (MCI) Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) for 2 years, and invited to extend his stint. He also co-runs, a blog that promotes creative-writing, and, which archives hundreds of English articles on the Chinese Pure Land teachings. He is also the founder of Facebook pages such as Buddhist Confessions & Resolutions, Cinema Dharma and Buddhist Vegan Fellowship.

He has a ‘Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, completed (Feb 2017), T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell’ (a subsidiary of Cornell University), with which he uses to promote Maha-Veganism, as taught by the Buddha. He can be reached at tde<at> for invitations to share the Dharma via articles and talks.

Interview In Buddhist Magazine:

Published Works (Books and articles written, translated, edited):

[01] The Daily Enlightenment 1: Reflections For Practising Buddhists
[02] The Daily Enlightenment 2: Reflections For Practising Buddhists
[03] The Daily Enlightenment 3: Reflections For Practising Buddhists
[04] The Daily Enlightenment 4: Reflections For Practising Buddhists
[05] The Daily Enlightenment 5: Reflections For Practising Buddhists
[06] The Daily Enlightenment 6: Reflections For Practising Buddhists
[07] The Daily Enlightenment 7: Reflections For Practising Buddhists 
[08] Amitabha Sutra: The Sutra In Which The Buddha Speaks Of Amita Buddha
[09] The Sutra In Which The Buddha Speaks Of Immeasurable Life: Section On Amitabha Buddha’s Forty-Eight Great Vows
[10] The Great Buddha Crown’s Surangama Sutra’s Section On Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva’s Perfect Penetration With Mindfulness Of Buddha
[11] Guanshiyin Bodhisattva’s Universal Door Chapter
[12] The Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra
[13] The Pure Land Passport: The Three Great Essentials When Approaching Death
[14] The Faith Factor: The Treatise On Ten Doubts About Pure Land 
[15] The Stonepeace Book Volume 1: One Hundred Illuminating Inspirational Sayings
[16] The Stonepeace Book Volume 2: One Hundred Enlightening Inspirational Sayings
[17] The Amazing & Amusing Adventures Of Sam & Sara: The Zen Of All Kinds Of Stuff
[18] Be A Lamp Upon Yourself (Editor)
[19] Awaken: Gateway To Buddhism (CD-ROM) (Editor)
[20] With Same Vow And Practice (Editor)
[21] Various Articles in ‘For You Information’ magazine
[22] Various Articles in ‘Nanyang Buddhist’ magazine
[23] Various Articles in ‘Awaken’ magazine
[24] Various Articles in ‘Shi Cheng Chao Yin: Singapore Buddhist Lodge Newsletter’
[25] Article in ‘Eastern Horizon’
[26] Various Articles in ‘Buddhist Channel’ website
[27] Various Articles in Singapore’s Inter-Religious Organisation’s 2009 Commemorative Magazine for the China-Singapore Religious and Cultural Exhibition

Please Be Mindful Of Your Speech, Namo Amituofo!

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