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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

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: Category:Disciples of Gautama Buddha and Category:Family of Gautama Buddha

Buddha and his disciples; the world's tallest walking statue of the Buddha, in Kandy, Sri Lanka[1]
Buddha and his disciples; the world's tallest walking statue of the Buddha, in Kandy, Sri Lanka[1]

This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by adding missing items with reliable sources.

Clergy
Laity

Later Indian Buddhists (after Buddha)

From Gandhara

Indo-Greek

Central Asian

Chinese

Tibetan

Japanese

Korean

See also: List of Korean Buddhists

Burmese

Thai

Rulers and monarchs

Modern teachers

Theravada teachers

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

Tibetan Buddhist teachers

Dzogchen and Bon Teachers

Zen teachers

American
Chinese
European
Japanese
Korean
Malaysian
Taiwanese
Vietnamese

Writers

Further information: List of writers on Buddhism

Politicians and activists

Indian

Malaysian

Burmese

American

English

South Korean

Vietnamese

Sri Lankan

Actors

American

British

Indian

Italian

Sport players

Footballer

Cricketer

Golfer

Military leaders

Buddhist practitioners notable in other fields

Fictional Buddhists

Anime and Manga

Graphic novels

Literature

Film and television

Video Games

Misc

See also

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