“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
  • 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 Launch and Exhibition information
  • Sale of the Patra for charity
  • Links to related websites


  • Receiving the Patra vessel
  • Living with the Patra vessel
  • Giving away the Patra vessel
  • What to do if a vessel breaks
  • Packing and shipping information
  • Last recipients returning Patra to the museum


  • Photos of all the Patra vessels
  • Share your thoughts and photos
  • Read ongoing commentary from Participants