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Prison Practitioner Book Program

Our ongoing Prison Practitioner Book Program provides free books to people who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to obtain access to materials on mindfulness, compassion, transformation, healing, and freedom. We receive dozens of personal handwritten letters each week from individuals suffering incarceration asking for resources on mindfulness and meditation.

We have been sending books and issues of The Mindfulness Bell to schools, community projects, and prisons for over 25 years. In the past, we have sent out more than 1,500 copies of books and magazines each year. Parallax Press and The Mindfulness Bell have donated more than 25,000 books and magazines since 1995.

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Be Free Where You Are by Thích Nhất Hạnh

This compendium of the core teachings of Thích Nhất Hạnh, based on a talk given at a prison, shows how mindfulness practice can cultivate freedom no matter where you are.

A new edition of this book translated into Spanish is arriving Summer 2024. Stay tuned for details!

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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