Thursday, March 5, 2009

Movie Screening cum Dharma Discussion (by Shen Shi'an)



Dharma@Cinema : Movie Screening cum Dharma Discussion (by Shen Shi'an)

Though 'Groundhog Day' was recently screened on Groundhog Day itself (2nd February) at NTU Buddhist Society, it deserves to be screened again - this time, at Dharma Drum Singapore! In many places around the world, it is a much celebrated movie that is both enthusiastically screened and discussed at length by Buddhists. Now, what's the fuss about?

The comedy fantasy, starring Bill Murray, opened in theatres 15 years ago to both critical and commercial success. Interestingly, many people, especially fellow Buddhists in the West claim that it's their favourite movie of all time (other than 'The Matrix').

It tells the story of a man who unwittingly embarks on a spiritual misadventure as he relives a particular day over and over - until he gets it right. What's intriguingly realistic is the portrayal of his natural process of growth that we can all relate to. It's a timeless tale about the deeper significance of deja vu experiences, and the infinite chances we get, squander and treasure in our many rebirths. Don't miss this classic (again)!

Recent Re-review of Groundhog Day:

About Shen Shi’An

Shen Shi’an was one of the founding members of KMSPKS Monastery’s Dharma Propagation Division in 1997, with experience in leading web, library and event management. Currently, he serves as a Dharma Trainer in the Community Development & Training Department. He is the founder-editor of, a Buddhist e-newsletter with 26,000 international members, the editor of “Be a Lamp Upon Yourself” and “The Daily Enlightenment (1 & 2)”. He frequently conducts Buddhist discussions for youth, and teaches at the Singapore Buddhist Federation. He also writes for ‘Nanyang Buddhist’, ‘Awaken’ and, and has represented Buddhist points of view in IRO, NACLI, NHB, NHG, SAF, SPF and ACM events. He runs, which is a blog that promotes sharing of Buddhism via writing. He is also a movie critic, keen to share the Dharma through the silver screen.


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