Work Title: Digital Dharma: A User's Guide to Expanding Consciousness in the Infosphere
Work Author(s): Steven R. Vedro, author; Jennifer Hadley, illustrator
19 b/w illustrations, 220 pages, Softcover $16.95
Mind, Body & Spirit
Reviewer: Chris Arvidson
Rejecting Luddite anguish about the negative effects of the digital age, Digital Dharma is not just another guidebook for turning off the Internet or tossing the television out the window. Vedro has written an intellectually rigorous instructional guide to help readers realize and expand the possibilities for spiritual and technological understanding.
Vedro begins with a self-explanatory narrative, describing his technological background as well as his personal spiritual journey and training. His organizational principle for the book vividly represents the fusion between the two: each chapter deals with one of the seven chakra centers of the body and is organized around dharma levels from traditional meditative and healing practices. Vedro's writing is researched with references to spiritual, philosophical, and sociological writers and thinkers, as well as contemporary technology experts including academics, bloggers, and industry sources. He concludes the chakra-focused chapters with visualization exercises, making good on the "User's Guide" subtitle of the book.
Fascinated since childhood with technology, he currently serves as a consultant for projects such as helping PBS stations make the transition to digital broadcasting. Digital...