Dazzled by Daylight

By Peter Cornish

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Irish Times – July 2014

Irish Times – July 2014

Peter Cornish’s dream was to build a refuge from the mayhem. It started as a schoolboy’s dream to establish a community of painters and writers. My mother’s Irish family said, “Why not?” to all of my crazy ideas, while, “Better not,” was the English response. Of course the Irish side won and so, in the summer of 1973, I found myself on the Innisfallen ferry to Cork. I’d been sent to an English boarding school from the age of seven. Suffering from an undiagnosed eye condition that made me half blind, I was taken to a string of consultants. Year after year, they patted me on the head, prescribed new glasses and insisted that, with them, I’d have the sight of a pilot. This was confusing, because I was sure that I still couldn’t see. I wished that I knew what the...

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Southern Star – July 2014

Southern Star – July 2014

by Jackie Keogh A quotation by the Buddhist meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa, is a good a place as any to start: ‘You should begin to build up confidence and joy in your own richness. That richness is the essence of generosity. It is the sense of resourcefulness, that can deal with whatever is around you and not feel poverty stricken.’ Almost every word in the quotation applies to Peter Cornish, the registered-blind and somewhat reclusive man who, together with his late wife Harriet, built Dzogchen Beara, the Tibetan retreat centre near Allihies, and has just published Dazzled by Daylight, a book that is inspirational on so many levels. Twice before our recent interview I had the privilege of meeting Peter Cornish. Having wandered into places I ought not to have been in, I...

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