begging bowl

“I had read M.C.Richards’s Centering years before. It was a book about clay and art and life. In it, Richards described Jean Genet, the French playwright, who said he wanted to roam the countryside like a monk, holding a begging bowl, having filled it with what he needed for the nourishment in his life. 


… each day a monk goes out with his empty bowl in his hands. Whatever is placed in the bowl will be his nourishment for the day.”


quoted from: Everyday Sacred, A Woman’s Journey Home by Sue Bender