“The gift finds the man attractive who stands with an empty bowl he does not own.”
LEWIS HYDE, The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World

The Patra Passage, created by Lynda Lowe, 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 Patra Passage description and film
  • Vessel history, traditions, and archetypes
  • How the Patra Passage works
  • About artist Lynda Lowe
  • Interview and reviews
  • The making of the Patra vessels
  • Museum of Glass Exhibition information
  • Sale of the Patra for charity
  • Donor and volunteer recognition
  • Links to related websites


  • Receiving the Patra vessel
  • Living with the Patra vessel
  • Giving away the Patra vessel
  • Non-attachment
  • List of all participants


  • Participants share thoughts and photos
  • Opportunity for public interaction and commentary
  • Photos of all the Patra vessels
  • Read ongoing conversation about the project