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On completing The Dome of Human Kindness

Completed dome at Penmount

Below is some text from the conclusion of the booklet I’ve been writing about Rebuilding the Dome of Human Kindness. Now the process of the reconstruction is complete and I’ve handed over the finished structure to Cornwall Faith Forum. You can read the full text and see the illustrations at https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/rebuilding-the-dome-of-human-kindness/ . So far I’ve had a small 12-page edition printed and I’m planning to expand and develop this little publication in particular to include more photos about the interior colour scheme. I’ll then use it as a fundraiser for the Dor Kemmyn Oval, the visionary multi-faith building that the Faith Forum is planning to build on the field that it leases from Cornwall County Council at Penmount.

One of the most remarkable features of carrying out the dome project has for me been the way that it has brought the enthusiasm and combined skills of so many people together at each stage. There is in Nichiren Buddhism a concept of unity know as ‘Many in body, one in mind’ which has been amply demonstrated for me by this experience.

With its roots in a Christian upbringing, the concept of the dome has nevertheless taken on an aspect of Buddhist humanism now with the way its more public-facing display, shown externally, intrigues the eye, even from a distance. Its filigree of interlocking patterns seems to emphasise this, the Buddhist idea of dependent origination shown graphically with everything in life being interrelated. In carrying out the interior scheme, on the other hand, there was for me sheer enjoyment in the varied and juxtaposed colour areas that were created by my team of highly capable assistants. One human kindness leads to another. There is hope for a transformation of society for the better.

One of the most remarkable features of carrying out the dome project has for me been the way that it has brought the enthusiasm and combined skills of so many people together at each stage. There is in Nichiren Buddhism a concept of unity know as ‘Many in body, one in mind’ which has been amply demonstrated for me by this experience.

With its roots in a Christian upbringing, the concept of the dome has nevertheless taken on an aspect of Buddhist humanism now with the way its more public-facing display, shown externally, intrigues the eye, even from a distance. Its filigree of interlocking patterns seems to emphasise this, the Buddhist idea of dependent origination shown graphically with everything in life being interrelated. In carrying out the interior scheme, on the other hand, there was for me sheer enjoyment in the varied and juxtaposed colour areas that were created by my team of highly capable assistants. One human kindness leads to another. There is hope for a transformation of society for the better.

One thing leads to another and my current preoccupation as an artist is based on the powerful effect that handling large areas of often saturated colour in carrying out the colour scheme for the reverse of each of the eighteen triangular panels for the dome has had on my approach to painting. These colours were applied in a way

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