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]
Clergy
Laity

Later Indian Buddhists (after Buddha)[edit]

From Gandhara[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]

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]

Indian[edit]

Malaysian[edit]

Burmese[edit]

American[edit]

English[edit]

South Korean[edit]

Vietnamese[edit]

Sri Lankan[edit]

Film and television[edit]

American[edit]

Brazilian[edit]

British[edit]

Chinese[edit]

Danish[edit]

Indian[edit]

Italian[edit]

Malaysian[edit]

Thai[edit]

Billionaire[edit]

American[edit]

Music[edit]

American[edit]

Australian[edit]

British[edit]

Canadian[edit]

Chinese[edit]

Hong Konger[edit]

Indian[edit]

Italian[edit]

Sport[edit]

Football[edit]

Cricket[edit]

Swimming[edit]

Rugby[edit]

Golf[edit]

Boxing[edit]

Military[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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