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Ravi Chandra M.D., D.F.A.P.A.


Ravi Chandra, M.D., is a psychiatrist, writer, and compassion educator in San Francisco and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He writes for Psychology Today and East Wind eZine, where his long-form essays are written “from his corner of the intersection of Black and Asian lives.” He is the recipient of the 2022 Outstanding Service Award from the Indo-American Psychiatric Association, and in 2016, he was the beneficiary of a Proclamation by the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco, honoring him for his activities in the Asian American community, including with the Center for Asian American Media. In 2005, he was honored with the Outstanding Service Award by the Cultural Diversity Committee of UCSF psychiatry residents. His debut documentary, The Bandaged Place: From AIDS to COVID and Racial Justice, won Best Film at the 2021 Cannes Independent Film Festival and is available to stream on Vimeo on-demand. Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks is his full-length nonfiction debut, and is the winner of the 2017 Nautilus Silver Book Award for Religion/Spirituality of Eastern Thought. He also teaches Mindful Self-Compassion and Compassion Cultivation Training Workshops through his non-profit organization SF Love Dojo. Information on his other books, workshops, films, and performances is available at

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