List of converts to Buddhism

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The following people are all converts to Buddhism, sorted alphabetically by family name.

From Abrahamic religions[edit]

From Christianity[edit]

From Islam[edit]

From Judaism[edit]

  • Peter Coyote (1941–), American actor and author[4]
  • Surya Das (1950–), lama who founded Dzogchen Foundation and Centers[5][6]
  • Tetsugen Bernard Glassman (January 18, 1939–), American Zen Buddhist roshi and co-founder of the Zen Peacemakers[7]
  • Jack Kornfield (1945–), teacher in the vipassana movement of American Theravada Buddhism[7]
  • Sharon Salzberg (1952–), meditation teacher and co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society[7]
  • Steven Seagal (1952-), American actor, producer, screenwriter, martial artist, and musician who holds American, Serbian, and Russian citizenship.

From Indian religions[edit]

From Hinduism[edit]

  • S. N. Goenka, the Foremost Lay Teacher of Vipassana meditation of Modern Time, Founder of multitude of Meditation Centers all-over the World, Raised in a Staunch Conservative Hindu Family in Burma. [22] [23]
  • Suresh Bhat (1932-2003), an Indian poet and writer[24]
  • Kabir Bedi,(born 1946), an Indian film actor.[25]

From other or undetermined[edit]

Richard Gere converted to Buddhism.

See also[edit]

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