Anagarika Dharmapala

1864 - 1933

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Anagārika Dharmapāla (Pali: Anagārika, [ɐˈnɐɡaːɽɪkɐ]; Sinhalese: Anagarika, lit., Sinhala: අනගාරික ධර්මපාල; 17 September 1864 – 29 April 1933) was a Sri Lankan Buddhist revivalist and a writer. Anagarika Dharmapāla is noted because he was: the first global Buddhist missionary one of the founding contributors of non-violent Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism a leading figure in the Sri Lankan independence movement against British rule a pioneer in the revival of Buddhism in India after it had been virtually extinct for several centuries the first Buddhist in modern times to preach the Dhamma in three continents: Asia, North America, and Europe.Along with Henry Steel Olcott and Helena Blavatsky, the creators of the Theosophical Society, he was a major reformer and revivalist of Sinhala Buddhism and an important figure in its western transmission. He also inspired a mass movement of South Indian Dalits including Tamils to embrace Buddhism, half a century before B. R. Ambedkar. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Anagarika Dharmapala has received more than 413,734 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Anagarika Dharmapala is the 2,273rd most popular writer (up from 2,579th in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Sri Lanka (up from 15th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Sri Lankan Writer.

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Among writers, Anagarika Dharmapala ranks 2,273 out of 5,794Before him are Imad ad-Din al-Isfahani, Hallgrímur Pétursson, Kakinomoto no Hitomaro, Noor Inayat Khan, Phylarchus, and Franz Overbeck. After him are Edgar Lee Masters, Ueda Akinari, Ammonius of Alexandria, Frigyes Karinthy, Ki no Tsurayuki, and Harlan Coben.

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Among people born in 1864, Anagarika Dharmapala ranks 71Before him are Robert Grant Aitken, Carl Correns, Wilhelm Souchon, Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky, Stefan Żeromski, and Đồng Khánh. After him are Ion I. C. Brătianu, Princess Hilda of Nassau, Roger Casement, Ante Trumbić, Herman Gorter, and Adolf Wölfli. Among people deceased in 1933, Anagarika Dharmapala ranks 48Before him are Henri Duparc, Roscoe Arbuckle, Hermann von François, Pierre Paul Émile Roux, Carl Correns, and Giovanni Giacometti. After him are Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Prince Alfons of Bavaria, Robert T. A. Innes, Sen Katayama, Takiji Kobayashi, and Princess Mathilde of Saxony.

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In Sri Lanka

Among people born in Sri Lanka, Anagarika Dharmapala ranks 10 out of 39Before him are Aryadeva (200), Ananda Coomaraswamy (1877), Jack Churchill (1906), St John Philby (1885), William Chester Minor (1834), and Tony Hoare (1934). After him are Mahinda Rajapaksa (1945), Michael Ondaatje (1943), Chandrika Kumaratunga (1945), S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike (1899), J. R. Jayewardene (1906), and D. S. Senanayake (1883).

Among WRITERS In Sri Lanka

Among writers born in Sri Lanka, Anagarika Dharmapala ranks 2Before him are Aryadeva (200). After him are Michael Ondaatje (1943).