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Since the release of Thich Nhat Hanh's seminal work, Being Peace, in 1985, Parallax Press has published over seventy-five titles on socially engaged Buddhism that have been translated into more than 30 languages. As the nonprofit publishing division of the Unified Buddhist Church, our mission is to make books on engaged Buddhism accessible to as large an audience as possible. To this end, we keep our book prices low, donate many books each year to schools, prisoners, sanghas, and libraries, and have begun an extensive transcription project of all Thich Nhat Hanh's talks. None of this would be possible without the generous and ongoing support of our readers and of our larger community.

Like many nonprofit organizations today, we find ourselves affected by the general economic downturn as well as the changes specific to our industry, and the Parallax Press management team is looking for ways to ensure the continuation of our publishing program. We need your support more than ever. If you are able to contribute $50, $250, $500, or any amount, smaller or larger, your gift will help ensure that the essential teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, Joanna Macy, the Dalai Lama and many others will be available for future generations.

We send our warmest regards and heartfelt appreciation for any amount you can offer.

With palms joined,
All of us at Parallax Press

How to Donate


Parallax has partnered with JustGive.org to accept online donations. When making your donation, you will have the option to indicate where you would like your contribution designated.

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You may also choose to send your donation to:

Parallax Press
P.O. Box 7355
Berkeley, CA 94707

Contributions of any size are gratefully accepted. For questions about planned giving or if you don't see the option you are looking for, please contact travism [at] parallax.org or write to the mailing address above. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Unified Buddhist Church d.b.a. Parallax Press is incorporated in California as a nonprofit religious organization, described in Internal Revenue Sections 170(b)(A)(i) and 501(c)(3). Your donations are tax-deductible to the amount allowed by law.

Donation Benefiting the Prison Program

"It would not be correct to say that a young man in prison bears the whole responsibility for his crime. He is the product of his family, his schooling and his society. If we look deeply we may find that when he was younger, his parents often fought and caused each other and their child to suffer. Perhaps he was abused. Lacking love, lacking education, he tried to forget himself in drugs. With drugs, his ability to make good choices diminished even further. Committing a crime was the result.
Looking deeply, we see that the conditions for this young man's actions did not arise only from his own mind and experiences. All of us bear some responsibility for creating the conditions that led him into the cycle of crime and addiction. If we only condemn and punish him, it will not help. People use drugs because they are in pain and want to run away from life. Putting someone who is suffering like this in prison is not the way to solve the problem. There has to be love and understanding, some means of bringing him back into life, offering him joy, clarity, and purpose."
—Thich Nhat Hanh, from Understanding Our Mind

You may make a donation on behalf of a specific inmate. For every $8.00 donated, Parallax Press will send a copy of Be Free Where You Are, a Dharma talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh at the Maryland Correctional Facility in October 1999, to a prisoner or prison library (in an 80-page paperback booklet version). You may also make contributions of any size to the prison program. These funds will be used to fulfill the numerous requests Parallax Press receives from incarcerated individuals or prison libraries requesting donations of our publications.

Friends of Parallax Press

We invite our community of readers to support the publication and distribution of books and tapes on the subject of mindful living and socially engaged Buddhism, by joining Friends of Parallax Press. With your donation of $50 or more, we will offer you a 10% discount for one year on all items ordered from our catalog or our website. You will also receive a free copy of Thich Nhat Hanh's new book Happiness upon joining or renewing your membership. Friends of Parallax Press is a direct way you can help us sustain our commitment to reaching a wide audience and to preserve Thich Nhat Hanh's teaching for future generations.

Our thank you gift to you for becoming a member of Friends of Parallax Press. To become a member, send your donation of $50 or more to:

Parallax Press
P.O. Box 7355
Berkeley, CA 94707

Donations Benefiting Educational Institutions

Recognizing that the seeds of depression, misunderstanding, and violence are planted early in life, the Unified Buddhist Church and Parallax Press have increased their efforts to bring tools for non-violent conflict resolution into schools, youth halfway houses, and other institutions. By making publications about mindful practices, meditation, and living in the present moment available to these institutions, we seek to alleviate future suffering. Your contributions will be used to send free copies of our books and tapes to institutions and organizations that approach us with donation requests.

Donations Sponsoring the Publications of Selected Titles

Parallax Press is pleased to offer new donor benefits for donations of $250 or more. In recognition of a donation at this level, your name will appear as a sponsor in an upcoming title and you will receive a free copy of up to three titles we are preparing for publication in a year.