Video interviews – Unedited footage

These are unedited video interviews from Patra Passage participants. 

Ann Darling passed Patra vessel #37 on to her daughter Amy Darling. They discuss their individual take on the meaning of the Patra Passage and engage in a thoughtful dialog about the mother-daughter experience of giving and receiving. The bowl has now passed on to its third Darling family recipient, five year old Eva.

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Amy and Ann Darling

David Madeira is the recipient of Patra vessel #4. He comments on the Patra Passage’s earliest beginnings in Tibet when he and his wife Lynda Lowe motorcycled from Lhasa to Kathmandu in 2000. He also describes a recent retreat where the Patra provided focus for his experience during three weeks of solitude.

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07Tibet00 Start of trip


Melissa Weinman is the recipient of Patra #56. During the interview in her painting studio she discusses being present, energy work, and the accidental chipping and repair of the bowl’s edge.

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Melissa Weinman

C. R. Roberts creates an interesting experiment at Infinite Soups restaurant. He set his Patra vessel #91 on the checkout counter, placed twenty one-dollar bills in it, and leaves a large sign stating “Give or Take”. This interview tells you what happened during that twenty-four hour period.

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An endorsement for Infinite Soups in Tacoma, WA: It is indeed a great “soup emporium” as CR calls it, and with a crew of patient generous people who work there.

CR Roberts

Ron Thomas tells wonderful stories of students from the University of Puget Sound passing Patra #73 around the table during dinner with the university president one night. As they each hold the bowl, they use it to discuss a gift that was meaningful to them.

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Ron Thomas

Sculptor Del Webber talks about the challenge, pleasure, and burden of choosing just one recipient to whom he will gift Patra #29. He states that  giving and receiving are both generous acts, that the recipient empowers the giver by accepting the gift.

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Pamela Transue hunts the mystery of the odd script embedded on the side of Patra #27. Her intrigue and tenacity unearths ancient Myanmar history and in the search connects her with a number of interesting people.

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Pamela Transue