Monday, September 30, 2013

Curator's Note: My Bowl Is Not My Bowl

I want to publicly thank artist Lynda Lowe for recognizing A Year of Being Here through her beautiful Patra Passage project. I can't wait to see the bowl with which you have gifted me, which I will then be able to pass on, when the moment seems right.

According to its website, Patra Passage is
an art-based experiment in the ongoing act of giving and receiving. The word patra refers to the name of alms bowls that monks carry in various cultures and translates as the vessel that never goes empty. Whatever is received in the bowl is enough for the day, a reminder of the offerings of the present moment....
The Passage centers on the gifting of 108 hand-built ceramic vessels to participants who will re-gift them to others. The giftism cycle will continue for one year until each bowl has been presented and received at least three times, creating a community of over 324 participants. At the end of their circulation, the Patra will be returned and exhibited at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, sold, and all proceeds given to charity.

Learn more about Patra Passage, which is (among other things) all about mindfulness, at the project's website.

Thanks again, Lynda!


  1. Wow! What a fantastic idea, and an honor. Congratulations!

    1. Yes, isn't the idea fantastic! It will be fun to track the stories of the bowls, among other things.

  2. This is a lovely project. The pictures of the bowl at the Patra site are exquisite. One can only feel deep gratitude for the offerings of our fellow sentient beings. It is so helpful to know and see more of the landscape of generosity that surrounds us.


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