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'Buddhist Begging Bowls' in progress




In keeping with learning more about Taosim and seeing the 'sacred in the ordinary', I have begun a series of 'begging bowls' for the blog and also for my Sketch Book entry. What is a 'begging bowl' some of you might be asking? Essentially, some Buddhist monks have a a simple bowl that they use to go through the village each morning for nutritional sustenance. Expand this concept to life in general and think about being 'open to the day' and being grateful for all that comes into your life, your bowl. Not only is this going to be a spiritual exercise for me; it is going to be an acrylic painting exercise and an Asian brush style painting exercise. Above photo is of three 5 x 5 artist's canvas just begun in acrylic. Below is a photo of an Asian style bowl which is probably the type I will use for the Sketch Book Project.






What do you have in your bowl today? Can you see the sacred in the ordinary? Can you see that joy and sorrow come into each life? Are you able to see the blessing in it all? It takes practice and seeing.


haiku

my heart hurts residual
life happenings, joy, sorrow
acceptance comes hard.
-o-

healing a gift now
each day my bowl is filled, love
always, love, to feel.
-o-


not always able, see
 is always there around me
open eyes, feel loving.
-o-


We are sharing today with:

Paint Party Friday

Haiku My Heart



Wishing you a wonderful weekend.



Hugs and namaste,



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QUOTE FOR THE DAY: 'Sacred, entitled to reverance.'
~ Merriam-Webster

Comments

  1. The thing that is amazing to me is they have nothing and count on people to feed them as they wander the country. God see every sparrow, as the saying goes, I guess. I don't know if I could do that. What a great idea for a series. :)

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  2. Lovely Haiku .... I love Fridays ... weekends tomorrow ... yippee :-)

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  3. Love your paintings of these bowls Carol. Happy painting (:

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  4. Very cool blog:))
    I wish the nice day;]

    http://photographyismyexistence.blogspot.com/

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  5. Very cool blog:))
    I wish the nice day;]

    http://photographyismyexistence.blogspot.com/

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  6. Hi Carol..woah..fabulous bowls..spiritual..symbolic..powerful and deeply meaningful works!! and the poem of course..touches my heart and is both warming, soulful and empowering..wisdom beams...
    A Wonderfully magical post..in words and images..shine on!!
    Victoria

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  7. Hi Carol..woah..fabulous bowls..spiritual..symbolic..powerful and deeply meaningful works!! and the poem of course..touches my heart and is both warming, soulful and empowering..wisdom beams...
    A Wonderfully magical post..in words and images..shine on!!
    Victoria

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  8. Beautiful painting of the bowls, Carol


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  9. Beautiful painting of the bowls, Carol


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  10. I really like the begging bowl idea. I am so grateful for good people like you who bring new concepts to us through your blogging. I will look more into begging bowls. Thank you.

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  11. That last line of your haiku says it all.

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  12. i like the concept of the Asian bowl, and its relationship to daily life.....pretty damn cool, Carol.....and another wonderful haiku set -love the suggestion that filling your bowl each day can counteract residual pain.....

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  13. The more you look for the sacred in the ordinary, the more it begins to multiply ! Amazing life !
    Happy Friday !

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  14. The more you look for the sacred in the ordinary, the more it begins to multiply ! Amazing life !
    Happy Friday !

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  15. Hi Carol. Happy Paint Friday to you. I think your bowls are wonderful and the meaning behind even better. I too like the idea of the begging bowl, thanks for the introduction and for stopping by my PPF. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  16. Oh I forgot, say hi t0 artmuse.:)

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  17. Yes our doggies are so cute! thanks, Carol!

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  18. Lovely painting and I love the concept!

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  19. How lovely! I do like the begging bowls!

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  20. I love your bowls. Sometimes simple objects can inspire such beauty. Your work is reminding me of Sue Bender and her book Everyday Sacred. Have you ever read it? She's also an artist.

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    1. Yes, I have read both of Bender's books several times ~ wonderful books ~ enjoy the weekend ~ ^_^

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  21. Thank you for the story of the bowls Carol, and loving your WIP's. In my personal bowl is great happiness at this moment in time. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  22. Hello Carol, I love this post... it has me thinking about many things, about my own cup, healing, the word begging and all that holds, and the simplicity of your lines that tell a deeper story...

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  23. Beautiful haiku Carol, I hope your bowl is always full.

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  24. I love the painting of your simple bowl and the simple and deeply complex haiku that accompany...

    BEautiful!
    x..x

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  25. I love the painting of your simple bowl and the simple and deeply complex haiku that accompany...

    BEautiful!
    x..x

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  26. Looks like they will be wonderful paintings when done. Lovely Haiku. HPPF

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  27. Carol,
    I adore these Buddhist Begging Bowls!!
    So very wonderful! Wht a great series of work!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  28. Carol,
    I adore these Buddhist Begging Bowls!!
    So very wonderful! Wht a great series of work!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  29. This was a perfect post to get to this morning. Thank you for sharing your words. I needed to hear them this morning. I enjoyed the paintings as well.

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  30. What a wonderful concept! They look so great all lined up together too!

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  31. Perfect thoughts, a lovely practice and a lovely post!

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  32. I think your begging bowls are great. I actually thought they were complete because they look so great. Beautiful haiku as always :) Happy PPF

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  33. I needed your haiku, paintings and explanation of the begging bowls this morning. God will provide and I work so hard sometimes to create more than I need.

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  34. I so agree with you: Acceptance does come hard at times. I wish it didn't, but that's just the way things are...

    Helpless Soul

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  35. I so agree with you: Acceptance does come hard at times. I wish it didn't, but that's just the way things are...

    Helpless Soul

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  36. Love the simplicity of these bowls - beautiful series of paintings

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  37. dear carol,
    your paintings....your profoundly simple and sacred begging bowls fill my heart, as does your lovely message. we are walking this path together!

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  38. dear carol,
    your paintings....your profoundly simple and sacred begging bowls fill my heart, as does your lovely message. we are walking this path together!

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  39. I had no idea what a begging bowl was- thanks for sharing! Now I can take my bowl to the universe and see what it offers me each day!

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  40. I have never heard of begging bowls and find them very interesting. I suppose, some would see their bowl as half empty, but seeing the bowl as half full would be the way I would want to look at it....

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  41. Great idea these begging bowls!

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  42. what a wonderful concept. mostly my bowl is full, all the way full. at my age I have lots to be grateful for...a long life, good health, good relationships, family, friends, and lots of time to do art. Who could ask for anything more.
    Of course there have been the bumps along the way, but right now, today, its all good. I enjoy your poems. Your art is lovely. HPPF!

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  43. what a wonderful concept. mostly my bowl is full, all the way full. at my age I have lots to be grateful for...a long life, good health, good relationships, family, friends, and lots of time to do art. Who could ask for anything more.
    Of course there have been the bumps along the way, but right now, today, its all good. I enjoy your poems. Your art is lovely. HPPF!

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  44. acceptance comes hard
    ...true indeed.

    Like "...see(ing) the sacred in the ordinary"--good life stuff :)

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  45. acceptance comes hard
    ...true indeed.

    Like "...see(ing) the sacred in the ordinary"--good life stuff :)

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  46. I love that image of a begging bowl. I have a bowl that Joel made for me in Ceramics, and I'm thinking maybe I should put in the studio where I will see it everyday. Being grateful for what I've been given.

    Thanks for sharing this...

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  47. I love that image of a begging bowl. I have a bowl that Joel made for me in Ceramics, and I'm thinking maybe I should put in the studio where I will see it everyday. Being grateful for what I've been given.

    Thanks for sharing this...

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  48. I love what you're doing now. Good luck on the Sketchbook Project. I loved doing mine.

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  49. Hi Carol, Thank you for the reminder of the begging bowl and that each day my bowl is filled with love. Lovely offering.

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  50. I love that your art is such a special part of your spiritual journey.

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  51. What a great way of looking at every day. And painting a bowl over and over and learning from it...doesn't get much more zen than that.

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  52. love your bowls - and thank you for the message it is good to remember that both joy & sorrow come in & that one need not overwhelm the other

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  53. love your bowls - and thank you for the message it is good to remember that both joy & sorrow come in & that one need not overwhelm the other

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  54. love the 3 bowls. greatly done!

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  55. Wonderful concept- I had never heard of a begging bowl- thanks for sharing!

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  56. I love the peaceful simplicity of this piece, very lovely and your words are perfect.

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  57. I felt bad that I had not been able to visit until today but when I got here I realized there was a reason that today was when I was supposed to see your beautiful bowls and read your words. Once again, thank you.

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  58. Beautiful concept for painting and also for contemplating. Simple but very poignant. Lovely haiku.

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