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List of Buddhists

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of notable Buddhists, encompassing all the major branches of the religion (i.e. in Buddhism), and including interdenominational and eclectic Buddhist practitioners. This list includes both formal teachers of Buddhism, and people notable in other areas who are publicly Buddhist or who have espoused Buddhism.

Philosophers and founders of schools

Individuals are grouped by nationality, except in cases where their influence was felt elsewhere. Gautama Buddha and his immediate disciples ('Buddhists') are listed separately from later Indian Buddhist thinkers, teachers and contemplatives.

Buddha's disciples and early Buddhists

Buddha and his disciples; the world's tallest walking statue of the Buddha, in Kandy, Sri Lanka[1]
Buddha and his disciples; the world's tallest walking statue of the Buddha, in Kandy, Sri Lanka[1]

Later Indian Buddhists (after Buddha)

From Gandhara


Central Asian







Rulers and monarchs

Modern teachers

Theravada teachers

For Theravada, Bhikkhu (male) and Bhikkhuni (female) mean monastic members in Pali (Theravada use Pali language for studying Tripitaka)

Tibetan Buddhist teachers

Dzogchen and Bon Teachers

Zen teachers



Politicians and activists






South Korean


Sri Lankan

Sport players

Military leaders

Buddhist practitioners notable in other fields

Fictional Buddhists

Anime and Manga

Graphic novels


Film and television

Video Games


See also


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