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My Bowl Is Not My Bowl

By September 30, 2013February 24th, 2018No Comments
Some of Lynda’s beautiful Patra Passage bowls
I want to publicly thank artist Lynda Lowe for recognizing my work on 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!

Phyllis Cole-Dai

Phyllis Cole-Dai has authored or edited eleven books in multiple genres, including historical fiction, spiritual nonfiction and poetry. She lives in Brookings, South Dakota, USA.

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