To hear that someone's life has been affected by our efforts is "the greatest happiness" for us. We surely do appreciate your letters (pages 37 - 39) and well wishes. We have spent most of the past year planning and organizing for Thich Nhat Hanh's two-month U.S. visit which begins soon. The response has been overwhelming. We look forward to seeing many of you along the way, and showing you the seven new books by Thay and one by Sister Chan Khong (Phuong) just published by Parallax Press. Even if you are unable to attend a retreat, Thay warmly invites everyone to receive the Five Wonderful Precepts with him. Please see the announcement on page 35. This issue is about the theme "Returning to Our Roots."
In order to really become whole and wholly integrated, we have to come to know ourselves, including our cultural and religious roots. They are in us. Interestingly, although we invited all readers to contribute articles about their own roots, the great majority of submissions were from those whose roots are Jewish. We are confident you will enjoy reading all of these as a beckoning to each of us to become ourselves and return to our own "true home."
—Therese Fitzgerald, Carole Melkonian, and Arnie Kotler