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This is a list of notable Buddhists, encompassing all the major branches of the religion, 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.

Historical Buddhist thinkers 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

See also: Disciples of the Buddha and Family of the Buddha

Later Indian Buddhists (after Buddha)


Central Asian







Historical rulers and political figures

Modern teachers

Theravada teachers

Tibetan Buddhist teachers

Zen teachers









Modern Buddhist authors

Modern politicians, activists, and protesters

Buddhist practitioner notable in other fields

Fictional Buddhists

See also


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