List of Buddhists

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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[edit]

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[edit]

Buddha and his disciples; the world's tallest walking statue of the Buddha, in Kandy, Sri Lanka[1]
See also: Disciples of Gautama Buddha and Family of Gautama Buddha
  • The Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama

Clergy

Laity

Later Indian Buddhists (after Buddha)[edit]

Indo-Greek[edit]

Central Asian[edit]

Chinese[edit]

Tibetan[edit]

Japanese[edit]

Korean[edit]

Burmese[edit]

Thai[edit]

Rulers and monarchs[edit]

Modern teachers[edit]

Theravada teachers[edit]

  • In Thailand, Ajahn is mean monk teachers (Have to been a monk more 10-year)

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

Tibetan Buddhist teachers[edit]

Dzogchen and Bon Teachers[edit]

Zen teachers[edit]

American

Chinese

European

Japanese

Korean

Malaysian

Taiwanese

Vietnamese

Writers[edit]

Politicians and activists[edit]

Sport players[edit]

Military leaders[edit]

Buddhist practitioners notable in other fields[edit]

Fictional Buddhists[edit]

Anime and Manga[edit]

Graphic Novels[edit]

Literature[edit]

Film and Television[edit]

Video Games[edit]

Misc[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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