Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks

A journey through the wilds of relationships, from a rooftop in Hanoi to a village in India, from the streets of San Francisco to the blue Wall of Facebook, culminating in transformative spiritual experience.
Facebuddha will make you smile, laugh
and think differently about the world we share. 

Facebuddha is a rich memoir of relationships, online and off, and an exploration of the psychology of social networks through a Buddhist lens.  Psychiatrist Ravi Chandra asks “what happens to the mind and heart as we try to connect online?”  Thoughtful, humorous, engaging, and enlightening, Facebuddha will be a conversation starter for years to come.

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(Cover image:  “Hollywood Buddha”, courtesy of the artist, Tenzing Rigdol.)

About the Book

We have a Find my iPhone app – but we need to find our “I”.  Who am I, and who do I become when I engage on social media?  How do I come to myself and my highest, most transcendent possibilities?  How do I cultivate wisdom, compassion and love in this shrinking world that threatens to tear itself apart?

Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks is a rich modern memoir of relationship online and off, an exploration of psychological research about social media, and an engaging introduction to Buddhism.

What happens to the heart and mind as we engage online?  Ravi Chandra is a psychiatrist and Buddhist who values conversation, relationship and their ultimate goals: love and the feeling of society.  In these politically charged and divided times, how can we connect?  Social media offers many inspiring and heady possibilities, as well as dangers.  Facebook has become popular precisely because we seek belonging, self-expression and meaning.  But social media has traps for our habitually self-centered egos, which Chandra describes thoughtfully and with humor, as he leads the reader on a spiritual quest for transcendence.

Noted Buddhist author and teacher Sylvia Boorstein says,

“I heartily recommend Facebuddha, a wonderfully written, exciting and at times elegiac and rhapsodic presentation of the potentials and difficulties of connecting in relationship – especially in our modern age of technology and as seen through a Buddhist lens.  Ravi Chandra is a wonderful storyteller, a psychiatrist, a Buddhist student and teacher, an Asian American, and an able, eloquent writer with the capacity and personal experience to address all the contemporary issues this book brings together.  I think the book will be inspiring to many, many people.”


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About the Author

Ravi Chandra, M.D., is a psychiatrist and writer in San Francisco.  He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.  Facebuddha is his nonfiction debut.  He blogs regularly for Psychology Today (The Pacific Heart) and for the Center for Asian American Media (Memoirs of a Superfan).  His ebook on Asian American Anger is available for free download.  He was published in the award-winning anthology of South Asian American Poetry, Indivisible, and his first book of poetry, a fox peeks out, won Honorable Mention at the San Francisco Book Festival.  Details and more writing at www.RaviChandraMD.com.

Photo by Bob Hsiang