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Some Problems Surrounding Sogdian Tantric Texts

BuddhistRoad Guest Lecture

CERES Palais, room "Ruhrpott" (4.13)

Guest lecture by Yutaka Yoshida (Kyoto) as part of the ERC funded research project BuddhistRoad

Sogdians, an Iranian speaker, are famous as the merchants between West and East. In their homeland, Zoroastrism seems to have been dominant among them, but passing the trade routs, so-called Silk Road, they had contacts with different religions. When they came closer to China, some Sogdians became Buddhists. They also produced Buddhist texts in their own language and a small part of them came down to us by chance. In his lecture, Yutaka Yoshida, a leading scholar of Middle Iranian Studies, first gives an overview about Sogdian Buddhist texts which were excavated from Turfan and Dunhuang. And then he focuses on Tantric texts and discusses them in detail.

Picture: Depositum der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften in der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz Orientabteilung