Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks

Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks

by Ravi Chandra

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We are who happens to us, and what we make of the happening. Who do we become when we relate online?

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 mind and heart 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. And he thinks we are in danger.

In these politically charged and divided times, how can we connect? Social media offers many inspiring possibilities. Facebook has become popular because we need belonging and meaning. But our time on social media is a bardo, or dream-realm, that has traps for the self-centered ego, which Chandra describes thoughtfully and with humor.

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?

Online, we seek belonging, self-expression and meaning, essential to our humanity. Social media can be a curio for the exploration of the self. Social networks might be an empowering means to address our social ills. But the online world has traps for our habitually and unconsciously self-centered egos, cause of so much of our suffering in life. Our transcendent spirits are challenged and even imperiled by the realms we enter through our screens.

Chandra writes, "Social media is not just a medium. It is a new religion. The Tweet is our Call to Prayers. The Status Update is our Sermon on the Mount." Where is this religion taking us?

Thoughtful, humorous, engaging and enlightening, Facebuddha will be a conversation starter for years to come.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940158651601
Publisher: Pacific Heart Books
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 412
File size: 2 MB

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. See facebuddha.co for a book trailer and more information and reviews!

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