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July 2006 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Welcome to the Parallax Press newsletter. Each month we will bring you exclusive offers available to recipients of this email, as well as news and updates about Thich Nhat Hanh and our other authors.

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We hope to base this newsletter on our readers' interests and are always looking forward to hearing from you about what type of news from Parallax is of interest to you. Please email us at info@parallax.org

1) New Fulfillment Service

Due to much feedback from you, our customers, we have turned over the fulfillment of items ordered through our website to PSSC in Fitchburg, MA. They are an established and well-recognized company, providing excellent customer service and fast order turn-around. We are confident that this move will make ordering from us an easier and more satisfying experience, no longer an "experience of practicing patience."

2) Old Path White Clouds: The Movie!

As you read this, Thich Nhat Hanh is meeting with the producer of Buddha Films to discuss turning his novel about the life the Buddha, Old Path White Clouds, into a major motion picture. Project release date: 2008. Stay tuned for more on this in months to come.

Visit the link below for more details on the making of Old Path White Clouds.

***If you order from Parallax Press directly, we are pleased to offer Old Path White Clouds at a 25% discount. Offer valid until June 23, 2006. ***

Old Path White Clouds

Movie Review - Life of Buddha

3) Little Pilgrim Author Tour

On April 25th, we hosted Nobel Literature Prize nominee Ko Un for the official launch of Little Pilgrim (Parallax Press, 2005). Ko Un related the story of how his novelization of the last chapter of the Avatamsaka Sutra came together over a period of twenty five years. Little Pilgrim is a story of astonishing achievement!

Currently, we are working on re-issuing Ko Un's classic poetry collection, Beyond Self, that is now out of print and somewhat of a collector's item. The newly revised title What? 108 Zen Poems will be released after Ko Un's participation as a featured poet in the largest poetry event in North America, the 11th Biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival (Stanhope, NJ, Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2006).

In April, Ko Un also visited New York as a featured author in the PEN World Voice Festival. The distinguished line-up of participants included Zadie Smith, Martin Amis, Roberto Calasso, Nadine Gordimer, David Grossman, Orhan Pamuk, Henning Mankell, Helen Oyeyemi, Colm Toibin, Asne Seierstad, current and past PEN Presidents including Salman Rushdie, as well as many others.

Little Pilgrim

4) Review of The Energy of Prayer

There is no letup in the good reviews about Thich Nhat Hanh's most recent book The Energy of Prayer. Conceived in the same spirit of inter-religious dialog that produced the bestseller Living Buddha Living Christ, The Energy of Prayer is a pocket-sized book that introduces meditation practice and prayers as a way to bring awareness and intention into one's life.

The current issue of Shambhala Sun has this to say: "Thich Nhat Hanh guides us to a deeper understanding of both Buddhist and Christian Prayer...he orients us towards its genuine practice."

Philip Zaleski, author of Prayer: A History of Prayer, wrote: "Is any human act more mysterious (and more beautiful) than prayer? How good that we have the gentle, wise voice of Thich Nhat Hanh to help us understand the nature and purpose of prayer from a Buddhist perspective. This is a lovely book, a prayer in itself."

Energy of Prayer

5) More Movie News

In early April two separate film crews traveled to Plum Village to shoot footage and interview Thich Nhat Hanh for two separate movie projects. One is titled Forgiveness and the other is The Power of Forgiveness. The projects are slated for either Discovery and History channel broadcast.

Gustave Reininger of the Forgiveness project wrote: "We had an absolutely great filming with Venerable Nhat Hanh. I started with a recording by Thomas Merton from 1966 talking about Thich Nhat Hanh in very uplifitng terms. The interview was among the best we have recorded in our travels around the world. We will finish photography in June or July. Then editing for several months. If I had to guess a release date it would be Sping 2007."

Martin Doblmeier from the The Power of Forgiveness spoke with Thich Nhat Hanh, who offered the following perspective; "Forgiveness will not be possible until compassion is born in your heart. You have to do something in order for compassion to be born in your heart. In order to be compassionate you have to understand why the other person has done that to you and to your people. You have to see that they are victims of ther own confusion, of their own wrong view, their own grieving, their own discrimination, their lack of understanding and compassion."
The film, which will also include stories of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, the families of 9/11 victims and others, it will be presented in early 2007. For more information visit www.journeyfilms.com

6) Preview of Forthcoming Titles

Our next Fall catalog (2006-07) will see a record entry of new publications by Thich Nhat Hanh and other voices on engaged Buddhism. Here's a sneak preview of what we are currently working on.

A Mindful Way: Eight Weeks to Happiness, by Jeanie Seward-Magee.
An eight-week program towards self-realization and spiritual growth.
OCT. 2006 ISBN: 1-888375-58-2, $14.95

The Cosmos in a Carrot A Zen Guide to Eating Well, by Carmen Yuen.
A comprehensive guide to eating and living well that will change the way we think about food.
NOV. 2006 ISBN: 1-888-375-60-4, $14.95

As always we would love to hear from you, please send your comments and suggestions to info@parallax.org. We'd love to get specific feedback on the last Parallax books you read.

A Lotus to you, a Buddha to be,
Travis, Sophie, Rachel, Terry, Martha, Heidi, and Zachary