SOGDIANS AND BUDDHISM
Sogdians & Buddhism
Samten de Wet
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
In a review of Chinese Esoteric Buddhism: Amoghavajra and the Ruling Elite, by Geoffrey C. Goble, we read:
Goble astutely notes that the esoteric rites had Central Asian (probably Sogdian or Khotanese) origins and could have appealed to the military and bureaucratic elite such as Geshu Han, Li Baoyu and Du Hongjian (pp. 204) who had similar ethnic origins.
As Mariko Namba Walter informs us:
Pu-k’ung (705 -774), Amoghavajra, who contributed greatly to the introduction of Tantric Buddhism to China, also had a Sogdian mother and an Indian father.
Further on AMOGHAVAJRA @ WIKIPEDIA.COM .
For a comprehensive overview and Introduction, the articles by Dr. Matteo Compareti and Mariko Namba Walter, at Sino-Platonic Papers are a good place to start.