Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks

Winner of the 2017 Nautilus Silver Book Award for Religion/Spirituality of Eastern Thought, Ravi Chandra takes us on a journey through the wilds of relationships, from a rooftop in Hanoi to a village in India, from the streets of San Francisco and Japan to the blue Wall of Facebook, culminating in a transformative experience of interdependence. Facebuddha will make you smile, laugh and think differently about the world we share. We are who happens to us, and what we make of that happening. Who do we become when we try to relate online? What happens to our mind and heart?

Ravi Chandra is a psychiatrist and Buddhist who values conversation, relationship and their ultimate goals: love and the feeling of society. Social media offers many inspiring possibilities. Facebook has become popular because we need belonging, meaning and self-expression. But our time on social media is a bardo, or dream-realm, that has traps for our habitually and unconsciously self-centered egos, which Chandra describes thoughtfully and with humor. Chandra writes, "Social media is not just a medium. It is a new religion. The Tweet is our Call to Prayers. We thumb our Phones like Rosaries. Food Porn is our Communion and our Offering to the Cloud. The Status Update is our Sermon on the Mount. The Selfie our personal Anointment and Beatification. Facebook Messenger is our Messiah. The Apple Store is our modern Cathedral, our Silicon Sanctuary. New Emoji are released to the fanfare of a new Pope." Where is this religion taking us? Thoughtful, humorous, engaging and enlightening, Facebuddha will be a conversation starter for years to come.

Additional information

  • Author: Ravi Chandra, M.D.
  • 412 pages
  • Size: 6 x 9 x 1.1 inches
  • Hardcover
  • Published: 2017