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About Parallax


Parallax Press publishes books on engaged Buddhism and the practice of mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh and other authors. As a divison of the Unified Buddhist Church, we are committed to making these teachings accessible to everyone and preserving them for future generations. We believe that, in doing so, we help alleviate suffering and create a more peaceful world.

The story of Parallax Press

Founded in 1986, following a suggestion by Vietnamese Zen teacher and poet Thich Nhat Hanh, Parallax Press is the publishing division of Unified Buddhist Church, Inc. Dedicated to publishing books on socially engaged Buddhism, we are Thich Nhat Hanh's core publisher and carry all books published by him. In addition, Parallax publishes books by Robert Aitken, Stephen Batchelor, Maha Ghosananda, Sister Chan Khong, H.H. the Dalai Lama, Joanna Macy, Sulak Sivaraksa, Mitsu Suzuki, Ko-Un, Gary Gach, Alan Hunt Badiner, John Malkin, Hilda Gutierrez Baldoquin, Catherine Ingram, Victoria Jean Dimidijan, Claude Whitmyer, and many others.

We are committed to making these teachings accessible to everyone and preserving them for future generations.

About our name

"Parallax" is derived from the Greek word meaning "to change." It describes the "apparent change in an object based on the actual change in the position of the subject." In other words, when you change the way you look at things, they appear differently. This word conveys one of the deepest meaning of Buddhism using a word of Western origin.

Our staff

Our staff

Parallax Press has a small staff that is dedicated to creating a workplace that mirrors the ideals of mindfulness and interbeing presented in our books. In doing so, we hope to create a more peaceful and pleasant place to work as well as model a different way of doing business.


Main Office / Customer Service
510-525-0101 xt.106
info [at] parallax.org

Plum Blossom Books

Plum Blossom Books is an imprint of Parallax Press devoted exclusively to children's books. Plum Blossom Books features titles for children and young adults based on mindfulness and peace education.

Volunteering, Internships, and Jobs


As a nonprofit organization, Parallax Press relies on the help of volunteers in fulfilling its mission to promote engaged Buddhism throughout the world. We offer volunteers an opportunity to participate in the practice of mindfulness in the workplace. Volunteer opportunities can range from regular or occasional help in our office to temporary help during busy times. While we encourage volunteers to offer whatever amount of time they have available, those who can commit themselves to a set number of hours on a regular basis are particularly helpful. For more information about current volunteer opportunities or if you would like to volunteer, please email Rachel Neumann at rachel.neumann [at] parallax.org.


Parallax Press offers its internship program as a learning experience, providing exposure to new tasks and skills. Internships are customized to meet the needs of an intern, while at the same time general enough to thoroughly introduce all aspects of book publishing, including editorial tasks, publicity, accounting, mailing list maintenance, and fulfillment. Students interested in quarter- or semester-long internships are encouraged to apply. Internships are unpaid and the length of the internship is negotiable.
Swarthmore Daily Gazette interview with a Parallax Press intern.


Parallax Press has no positions available at this time. However, should you be interested in working with us, please submit your resume at any time for future consideration.

How to apply

E-mail or send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Attn. Publisher
Parallax Press
P.O. Box 7355
Berkeley, CA 94707
No phone calls please.

Become a Friend of Parallax

We invite our community of readers to support the publication and distribution of books and resources for mindful living by joining Friends of Parallax Press.

Donations of any amount are welcome. With your donation of $50 or more, we will offer you a 10% discount on all items ordered from us for one year. You will also receive a complimentary copy of Thich Nhat Hanh's new book Path of Compassion 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.

Please send all donations to Parallax Press, P.O. Box 7355, Berkeley, CA 94707. Contributions of any size are gratefully accepted.