List of notable historical figures in Buddhism

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Template:Clone2 This is a list of notable historical figures in Buddhism. This list should not be considered to be complete.

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

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Buddha and his disciples; the world’s tallest walking statue of the Buddha, in Kandy, Sri Lanka[1]
See also: Disciples of Gautama Buddha and Family of Gautama Buddha

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Later Indian Buddhists (after Buddha)


Central Asian





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Historical rulers and political figures

Modern teachers

See Wikipedia page for a list of modern teachers:

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