Notable People in Buddhism

An introductory list of important people in Buddhism. This will be expanded much further as time permits.

The Buddha's cousin and one of his primary disciples. He memorized and recited the Buddha's teachings, and so was known as the Dhammabhandagarika, "treasurer of the teachings."
Dalai Lama
Leader of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. The current Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso.
The given name of the historical Buddha.
Nhat Hanh, Thich
(1926-) Expatriate Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist.
"Sage of the Sakya tribe." Another name for the historical Buddha.


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  2. Damien Keown, Oxford Dictionary of Buddhism (Oxford UP, 2003).
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  5. "List of Buddhists" - Wikipedia

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