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Along The Silk Road

The Birth of Zen

with trade and barter faith travels along borders birthing Zen ©Vivian Zems Carpe Diem Haiku Kai # 1377-Buddhism finds its way along the Silk Road The transmission of Buddhism to China via the Silk Road began in the 1st century... Continue Reading →

The Levant

on heaven's pathway trading faiths and life goals God in disguise ©Vivian Zems Carpe Diem Haiku Kai  #1374 The Levant The Levant (part of the Silk Road) has been described as the "crossroads of western Asia, the eastern Mediterranean, and... Continue Reading →

Syrian Desert (Southern Route)

  sand grains in sandals dunes clamber to deep blue skies a snake slithers past ©Vivian Zems Carpe Diem #1373 Syrian Desert (Southern Route)

Sansara (The Cycle of Life)

lost in sansara rivers wash away past sins death in retreat ©Vivian Zems Carpe Diem Haiku Kai #1371 Sansara (The Cycle of Life)


crackling air stolen silken kisses kimono moments ©Vivian Zems Carpe Diem #1365- Silk, MLMM Heeding Haiku with Chèvrefeuille     

Kashgar (Northern route)

en route to Kashgar myrrh and frankincense barter for cooling winds ©Vivian Zems Carpe Diem #1366 Kashgar (Northern route) Kashgar has a history of over 2,000 years and served as a trading post and strategically important city on the Silk... Continue Reading →

Tian Shan Mountains (Northern route)

eternal heavens earth bound cerulean skies bonded trinity ©Vivian Zems The Tian Shan (sacred in Tengrism), also known as the Tengri Tagh, meaning the Mountains of Heaven or the Heavenly Mountain, is a large system of mountain ranges located in... Continue Reading →

Taklamakan Desert (the “Sea of Death”)

dunes of no-man's land dry winds designed for bravehearts  shifting sands ©Vivian Zems Carpe Diem #1363 Taklamakan Desert (the "Sea of Death")(Northern route) The Taklamakan Desert is one of largest shifting sand deserts in the world. It is intensely dry... Continue Reading →

Along the Silk Road (Gansu)

peace journeys oases bank desert roads unravelling Buddha ©Vivian Zems Carpe Diem #1362 Gansu (Northern route) In imperial times, Gansu was an important strategic outpost and communications link for the Chinese empire, as the Hexi Corridor runs along the "neck"... Continue Reading →

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