List of Buddhists

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 schoolsEdit

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 BuddhistsEdit

 
Buddha and his disciples; the world's tallest walking statue of the Buddha, in Kandy, Sri Lanka[1]
  • The Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama
Clergy
Laity

Later Indian Buddhists (after Buddha)Edit

From GandharaEdit

Indo-GreekEdit

Central AsianEdit

ChineseEdit

TibetanEdit

JapaneseEdit

KoreanEdit

BurmeseEdit

ThaiEdit

Rulers and monarchsEdit

Modern teachersEdit

Theravada teachersEdit

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

Tibetan Buddhist teachersEdit

Dzogchen and Bon TeachersEdit

Zen teachersEdit

American
Chinese
European
Japanese
Korean
Malaysian
Taiwanese
Vietnamese

WritersEdit

Politicians and activistsEdit

Sport playersEdit

Military leadersEdit

Buddhist practitioners notable in other fieldsEdit

Fictional BuddhistsEdit

Anime and MangaEdit

Graphic novelsEdit

LiteratureEdit

Film and televisionEdit

Video GamesEdit

MiscEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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