新加坡道場 班務組 張雪儀
Tao Enrichment Classes Continue Amidst COVID-19
Due to the unforeseen COVID-19 situation (where religious gatherings are disallowed), the start-date of Singapore Tao Community’s 5-year Tao Enrichment Classes has been repeatedly postponed.
To alleviate the collateral impact this pandemic would have on our class participants, Tao Transmitting Masters and Lecturers of the Curriculum Planning Group decided to resume classes using online platforms.
True to the steadfast spirit of our Bu-Xiu-Xi Bodhisattva, Tao Transmitting Masters and Lecturers of the Curriculum Planning Group worked tirelessly to ensure that the classes and lessons could still continue with this new mode of teaching and learning.
Both East and West Zones have put in extensive collective efforts to reorganise lesson plans, lecturers’ schedules and prepare for online logistics arrangements. They have also conducted 8 online training sessions to prepare participating Temples and Lecturers for the new mode of teaching. To date, both East and West Zones have already set up 23 online classes, that have been well-received by the class participants and Lecturers alike.
Apart from the regular classes, online activities/programs for special occasions such as Parents’ Day Celebrations, One Vegetarian Meal A Day Campaign, Mass Sutra Recitation have also been organized and conducted to enhance class participants’ learning experience. The relentless efforts by the Curriculum Planning Group have borne heartening results. In May 2020, there has been an approximately 25% increase in class attendance for West Zone and a 5% increase for the East Zone.
It is only with the Grace of Heaven and infinite blessings from Bai-Shui-Sheng-Di and Bu-Xiu-Xi Bodhisattva that we have been able to deliver and continue with the curriculum for Tao Enrichment Classes so smoothly.
Throughout this period, we trust that Heaven has the best plan for us and continue on this amazing online learning journey with gratitude and sincerity. It is said that ‘In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity’; this unexpected situation has taught us to be resilient and adaptable. With online classes, we were able to resume regular lessons and also reconnect with many Tao members who may not have been actively involved previously.
With the blessings of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, we hope that all class participants can complete the lessons and graduate smoothly.
A sharing by Ms Zhang Xue Yi, Curriculum Planning Group, Singapore Tao Community
Translated by Ms Eunice Aw, Singapore Tao Community