On the Gifts of Blindness, the Power of Poetry, and the Urgency of Awareness
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  • Product Code: 83864
  • ISBN: 978-1-60868-386-4
  • Pages: 160
  • 1 Paperback / softback
  • Size: 5.00 x 8.00


Despite being blinded as a child, Jacques Lusseyran went on to help form a key unit of the French Resistance — and survive the Nazis’ Buchenwald concentration camp. He wrote about these experiences in his inspiring memoir, And There Was Light. In this remarkable collection of essays, Lusseyran writes of how blindness enabled him to discover aspects of the world that he would not otherwise have known. In “Poetry in Buchenwald,” he describes the unexpected nourishment he and his fellow prisoners found in poetry. In “What One Sees Without Eyes” he describes a divine inner light available to all. Just as Lusseyran transcended his most difficult experiences, his writings give triumphant voice to the human ability to see beyond sight and act with unexpected heroism.


“Exalts the soul in ways that are universal, breathtaking, and marvelous.”
— Spirituality and Health

“[Lusseyran’s] writing has a mythical power capable of transforming those who contact it. This is gritty, spiritual writing at its best.”
— Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words

“These posthumously collected essays remind us anew that eyes are merely a concentration of the human talent to see with the body and that each of us contains all beings, as the old teachers said.”
— Roshi Robert Aitken, author of Taking the Path of Zen