Ravi Chandra, M.D., Psychiatrist and Writer

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Martin Luther + Facebook = Facebuddha!

November 2nd 2017

Psychiatrist F.B. Steele wrote that Facebuddha was "akin to Luther's theses nailed to the door of the Cathedral of Technology." Much to my surprise, I discovered that Luther reportedly nailed his theses to the Wittenberg Castle Church Door exactly 500 years ago, on October 31, 1517. I couldn't pass up this synchronicity. On Tuesday, I went down to Facebook HQ with filmmaker Tony Nguyen and 'nailed' my book to the Facebook sign. Video available on [1]Facebook and [2]YouTube. The st ...Continue Reading

$5 guest tickets to my launch! Hardcover now available! And more!

October 16th 2017

"[1]Facebuddha is an exhortation to cultivate genuine love, kindness, and compassion.” Deann Borshay Liem, director and producer[IMAGE] [2]Facebuddha is now available in hardcover and ebook online and from your local indie bookstore!!! Hardcover: [3]Amazon [4]Barnes and Noble [5]Indiebound (for your local bookstore) eBook: [6]Kindle [7]iBooks [8]Nook [9]Kobo Also, you can get a taste of the psychological research at two recent blogposts on Psychology T ...Continue Reading

Facebuddha available online! And you HAVE to see my animated book trailer!

October 9th 2017

"The only instruction is kindness." Ravi Chandra, M.D. [1]Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks[IMAGE] My book is available, in ebook form! Hardcover will take a few weeks to show up on Amazon, etc. Please welcome this book-baby into the world with your purchase! Also, my book trailer is online! Please share and be part of my street team! I live or die based on your friendship, community, shares and enthusiasm. I depend on you. I've worked for 5 years on this pr ...Continue Reading

Book Launch! $15 Supporter Level added!!!

September 28th 2017

“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, ...Continue Reading

Ravi Chandra's Facebuddha book launch!

August 23rd 2017

Hi all, FACEBUDDHA is almost here! Thanks for joining me on this journey of a lifetime! (Also see below for a link to Kim Chinh’s Reclaiming Vietnam at the SF Fringe Festival, and links to the Japan Film Fest and KSW's APAture!) In September, I'll be sending out my exciting animated book trailer by Valerie Mih ([1]seeherestudios.com), as well as links to Amazon and other online retailers. Please come to my [2]launch event on Monday October 23rd! Also [3]share the event page with ...Continue Reading

Facebuddha Book Launch - Monday, October 23! Tickets available now :)

August 19th 2017

FACEBUDDHA book launch with reading and a conversation with F.B. Steele, M.D. Monday, October 23rd 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) Manilatown Heritage Foundation 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco [1]TICKETS AT EVENTBRITE Dear Friends, Most of you signed onto this list in anticipation of [2]Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks! Well, it's almost here! The book is in the final stages of interior design, and will be ready to purchase by mid-October. (Check out my c ...Continue Reading

Announcing Facebuddha Book Launch - Save the Date (roughly)! - and CAAM on PBS

May 2nd 2017

Dear all, It's my pleasure to announce that FACEBUDDHA: TRANSCENDENCE IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL NETWORKS will be published this fall! I'm planning on a launch event on roughly Wednesday, September 27 from 7-9pm. IMPORTANT: I'm trying to gauge interest in this event. I plan to sell tickets at about $30 a pop - in exchange you'll get a HARDCOVER COPY of the book, be treated to a short lecture, and a dialogue with me and someone else along with Q and A. Would you be interested? REPLY YES TO THIS EMA ...Continue Reading

CAAMFest Opening Night and more from Ravi Chandra

March 10th 2017

Hi all, Thanks for joining me on this journey! As many of you know, I've been the CAAMFest Superfan for 12 years now. Here are my latest blogposts, and be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter (below) to keep up to date on all the latest. This newsletter only comes once every few months, with a special CAAMFest edition. Here are the latest MEMOIRS OF A SUPERFAN (MOSF) blog posts!!! And some film recs! [1]MOSF 12.5: MAKE AMERICA THE TIGER HUNTER directed by Lena Khan and starring Dann ...Continue Reading

Ravi Chandra, M.D., Psychiatrist and Writer: BBC, Compassion for Trump? and CAAMFest!!!

February 21st 2017

Hi all! Happy Year of the Rooster and 2017, and thanks for staying with me! In this email blast: 1. [1]Compassion for Trump? A well-received Psychology Today blogpost asking what would the stages of compassion for Trump look like. 2. [2]Donald Trump as the Fisher King: #DonaldAreYouOkay? A followup post tying in the Grail legend of the Fisher King to our current predicament. 3. [3]The BBC interviewed me! I'm in the first 12 minutes of this show, talking about compassion f ...Continue Reading

A special message from Ravi Chandra, M.D. post Election

November 10th 2016

Dear Readers, Thanks for continuing to be on my list. Your presence means a lot to me. As I made quite clear in my blogs and in our conversations, I have been a strong Democratic, Obama and now Clinton supporter. I know some of you are Trump supporters, and I congratulate you on your victory. You have been waiting to be heard, and you have been - now I hope that as your party holds such enormous power, they will hear and be responsible to our side of the political fence. I have grave fea ...Continue Reading