About Shen Shi’an
Shen Shi’an 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 also helped to check the library book collections at Singapore Buddhist Lodge, Kong Meng San, Tai Pei Buddhist Centre and Singapore Polytechnic Buddhist Society.
He is the founder and editor of TheDailyEnlightenment.com 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, including the ‘Pure Land Tradition’s Five Sutras And One Treatise’ (净土五经一论), 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. To date, he has taught the Pure Land teachings to about 2,500 in various classes and talks. 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, OnePeople.sg, 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 Moonpointer.com, a blog that promotes creative-writing, and Purelanders.com, 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 https://thedailyenlightenment.com/contact-us for invitations to share the Dharma via articles and talks.
Interview In Buddhist Magazine: http://moonpointer.com/new/2011/07/interview-with-shen-shian
Published Works (Books and articles written, translated, edited):
 The Daily Enlightenment 1: Reflections For Practising Buddhists
 The Daily Enlightenment 2: Reflections For Practising Buddhists
 The Daily Enlightenment 3: Reflections For Practising Buddhists
 The Daily Enlightenment 4: Reflections For Practising Buddhists
 The Daily Enlightenment 5: Reflections For Practising Buddhists
 The Daily Enlightenment 6: Reflections For Practising Buddhists
 The Daily Enlightenment 7: Reflections For Practising Buddhists
 Amitabha Sutra: The Sutra In Which The Buddha Speaks Of Amita Buddha
 The Sutra In Which The Buddha Speaks Of Immeasurable Life: Section On Amitabha Buddha’s Forty-Eight Great Vows
 The Great Buddha Crown’s Surangama Sutra’s Section On Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva’s Perfect Penetration With Mindfulness Of Buddha
 Guanshiyin Bodhisattva’s Universal Door Chapter
 The Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra
 The Pure Land Passport: The Three Great Essentials When Approaching Death
 The Faith Factor: The Treatise On Ten Doubts About Pure Land
 The Stonepeace Book Volume 1: One Hundred Illuminating Inspirational Sayings
 The Stonepeace Book Volume 2: One Hundred Enlightening Inspirational Sayings
 The Amazing & Amusing Adventures Of Sam & Sara: The Zen Of All Kinds Of Stuff
 Be A Lamp Upon Yourself (Editor)
 Awaken: Gateway To Buddhism (CD-ROM) (Editor)
 With Same Vow And Practice (Editor)
 Various Articles in ‘For You Information’ magazine
 Various Articles in ‘Nanyang Buddhist’ magazine
 Various Articles in ‘Awaken’ magazine
 Various Articles in ‘Shi Cheng Chao Yin: Singapore Buddhist Lodge Newsletter’
 Article in ‘Eastern Horizon’
 Various Articles in ‘Buddhist Channel’ website
 Various Articles in Singapore’s Inter-Religious Organisation’s 2009 Commemorative Magazine for the China-Singapore Religious and Cultural Exhibition
Some of his translated Buddhist scriptures and commentaries can be seen at https://purelanders.com/jinglun.