- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Garranes Publications; 1st edition (April 23, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1909483575
- ISBN-13: 978-1909483576
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,571,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dazzled by Daylight Paperback – April 23, 2014
About the Author
Peter Cornish attended an English boarding school from the age of seven. He dropped out of education to pursue his interest in painting, which culminated in an exhibition of his work in Knightsbridge, London, in 1969. That same year, with deteriorating eyesight, he gave up painting and moved to Samye Ling, in Scotland, to study Buddhism with Chogyam Trungpa. Peter moved to Ireland in 1974, founded the Dzogchen Beara meditation and retreat centre and invited Sogyal Rinpoche to be its spiritual director. Having studied under various masters, Peter now spends much of his time in retreat.
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It's precisely because Peter Cornish deals with failure and "bad trips" head-on that this is such a powerful book. We often set ourselves the wrong goal or are deeply frustrated by the lack of realisation of what we believe to be our life's purpose. Peter's sharp perception acts like a surgical instrument in dealing with that state of mind.
Like an old owl, Peter Cornish can see in the dark but is dazzled by daylight and hurt by the self-destructive egotism of our deluded age, all the unnecessary attachments: The average Westerner is said to own about 40thousand objects.
In the first half of the book Peter Cornish gives a profound account of a 40s and 50s upbringing and then, the magic of the very special 60s. I chuckle, I laugh out loud and quote a few lines to my wife who happens to be reading Frank McCourt. From extraordinary times, often only stereotypes survive ("sex,drugs and rock 'n roll"). Peter describes regular beatings he suffered at school: In reality you had to be tough to remain true to yourself and face up to the sadists and bullies and the abuses of power everywhere, just like today. But seemingly from nowhere, and this is where the music comes in, enough free spirits emerge to save humanity or at least their girl-and boyfriends, ready to take a leap into the unknown( on page 101 it's a shimmering duckpond at St. James Park on a sultry night, a very funny story).
Whether forced to cut meat in a hotel kitchen or when hanging out with Alan Ginsberg or serving Trungpa and Kyentse Rinpoche and other Tibetan exiles, a deep love pervades everything, such as the occasion when Peter opened a club in Birmingham and talks to some Teddy-boys who got into regular fights with clients but whose frustrations he understands. As he says at some point: "And I liked working in a kitchen, the unpretentious company of life's so-called non-entities, at least I wasn't wasting my potential,... paddling my ego upstream to oblivion."
I know from personal experience how hard it is to convey a liberating spirit. You have to get down to the nitty-gritty so that people can get a true idea of the unfolding of the process. Cornish does this with an amazing memory without getting stuck. It's a fluid book. His long meditation retreats haven't deadened him or removed him from humanity.
With painful or upsetting, violent or frustrating events he deals with a universe-embracing kindness, for example the early death of his partner Harriet. Leaving out a certain youthful boastfulness, I never felt he was advertising himself. Instead, I was touched by his persistent faith in people, great courage and occasionally, gay abandon. Reading this does to merely formal spirituality what "Life of Brian" did to Christianity.
Personally, I adhere to the saying "Truth is a Pathless Land" (which is not an excuse for sitting on your bum). Still, this book radiates inner freedom and love. It sparked divine homesickness in me and a desire to cut more of the material ties that bind. The author and his wife gave 44 acres away for building a meditation centre and a hospice. They wouldn't have done that if they believed that living and dying on earth served no purpose. Thanks for a great gift.