Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks

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Pacific Heart Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.06 inches | 1.67 pounds

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About the Author
Ravi Chandra is a psychiatrist and writer in San Francisco. He blogs regularly for Psychology Today and the Center for Asian American Media. A graduate of Brown, Stanford and UCSF, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

"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 Facebuddha will be inspiring to many, many people."
Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D., Buddhist teacher and author
Co-founder, Spirit Rock Meditation Center

"Facebuddha is both personal journey and social commentary, a good-hearted meander across cultural, artistic and occupational worlds that explores a deep concern for our modern dilemmas with the perspective of a devoted Buddhist."
Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., Buddhist teacher and author
Co-founder Spirit Rock Meditation Center

"Facebuddha is magnificent, a breathtakingly personal work that combines memoir, media commentary, Buddhist practicum and depth psychology. Like Martin Luther's theses, these chapters are nailed on the door of the Cathedral of Technology asking us to look beyond our screens by way of reforming contemporary indulgences. As we do so our world moves beneath the surface sheen and towards the interior. Ravi Chandra's effervescent prose locates compassion, in his own soul and in the soul of humanity, in real world relationships endangered by modernity. "
F.B. Steele, M.D., psychiatrist and teacher
Former Executive Director, C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

"A very personal, often funny, warmly intelligent, thoughtful and heartfelt journey to transcendence!" - Tamlyn Tomita, actor

"An exhortation to cultivate genuine love, kindness, and compassion." - Deann Borshay Liem, director and producer

"Thought-provoking, engagingly written, and enriched by memoir and haiku-like stories and vignettes." - Francis Lu, M.D.

"Poetic and poignant! Ravi Chandra portrays the importance of truly relating to people." - Louise Nayer, author of Burned: A Memoir

"Facebuddha is an invitation to depth and personal growth." - Stephen Gong, Executive Director, CAAM