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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.
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.
Joseph Goldstein (1944–), one of the first American Vipassana teachers, contemporary author of numerous popular books on Buddhism
Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda (1919–2006), Buddhist monk and scholar. in Malaysia, wrote approximately 60 Buddhist works, ranging from small pamphlets to texts of over 700 pages
Achan Sobin S. Namto (1931–), taught Vipassana meditation and Buddhist psychology in Southeast Asia and North America for over 50 years
Phra Dhammavisuddhikavi (1936–), Ex-Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at Mahamakut Buddhist University and has written 70 books on Buddhism
P.A. Payutto (1937–), lectured and written extensively about a variety of topics related to Buddhism, awarded the 1994 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education
Phra Paisal Visalo, writing and editing books on environment and Buddhism, co-founder of Sekiyadhamma, a network of socially engaged monks in Thailand
Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu, (1979–), facilitates a meditation website for groups and individuals, maintains a YouTube channel where hosts both live chatrooms and pre-recorded videos answering viewers' questions about Theravada Buddhism
Mazie Hirono, U.S. Senator (2013–), U.S. Congresswoman (2007–2013) and Democrat from Hawaii; first elected female Senator from Hawaii, first Asian-American woman elected to the Senate, first U.S. Senator born in Japan and the nation's first Buddhist Senator
Ayushman Khurrana (1984-), is a Indian flim actor and activists. Ayushmann Khurrana and his wife Tahira Kashyap are followers of Nichiren Buddhism, which has provided the fuel to fight their battles against cancer. Buddhism has also helped Khurrana articulate his journey as an actor better. “I practice Nichren Buddhism. It has taught me that you have to be mentally strong. It has an impact on your physical being. It (cancer) was a minor frustration for me. But I accepted it truly. I decided that I will not live in denial and hide it from the world,” says Tahira, who was detected with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) with high grade malignant cells last year. ( Niciren Buddhism) 
Lasith Malinga (1981- ) is a Sri Lankan professional cricket player and Captain of T20 International cricket of Sri Lanka. he is considered as one of the greatest limited-overs bowlers of all time. He has got a lot of popularity for his ability to take Hat-trick in all three formats of the game. In addition to this, Malinga is the first player to take two world cup Hat-trick and three Hat-tricks in the ODIs.(Theravada)