Written for:  Carpe Diem #1362 – Gansu (Northern route)
After the fall of the Uyghur Empire, an Uyghur state was established in parts of Gansu that lasted from 848 to 1036 AD. During that time, many of Gansu’s residents were converted to Islam.
Along the Silk Road, Gansu was an economically important province, as well as a cultural transmission path. Temples and Buddhist grottoes such as those at Mogao Caves (‘Caves of the Thousand Buddhas’) and Maijishan Caves contain artistically and historically revealing murals.

Buddhism entered China along the Silk Road. Some say Buddhism came to China by the maritime route, but after scientific researches by several scientists, the over all conclusion was that Buddhism came along the Silk Road.

caves of 1000 buddhas

Magoa Caves (Caves of the Thousand Buddhas)

above the valley
hidden in his cave
Buddha meditates
without listening to the traders
beneath his feet

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:

inside the ancient walls
murals decorate the caves
Buddhas sit in prayer

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to caves

  1. A masterpiece Sara … thank you for sharing.


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