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Bodhidharma was a semi-legendary Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th or 6th century CE. He is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Chan Buddhism to China, and is regarded as its first Chinese patriarch. According to a 17th-century apocryphal story found in a manual called Yijin Jing, he began the physical training of the monks of Shaolin Monastery that led to the creation of Shaolin kungfu. He is known as Dámó in China and as Daruma in Japan. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bodhidharma has received more than 6,016,875 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Bodhidharma is the 112th most popular philosopher (up from 114th in 2019), the 24th most popular biography from Iran (down from 20th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Iranian Philosopher.

Bodhidharma is most famous for being the founder of the Zen school of Buddhism.

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Among philosophers, Bodhidharma ranks 112 out of 1,267Before him are Zhu Xi, Emil Cioran, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Rudolf Christoph Eucken, Tertullian, and Gilles Deleuze. After him are Antisthenes, William of Ockham, Henri de Saint-Simon, Pyrrho, Johann Friedrich Herbart, and Simone Weil.

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Among people born in 483, Bodhidharma ranks 1After him are Xiao Baojuan, and Emperor Xuanwu of Northern Wei. Among people deceased in 540, Bodhidharma ranks 1After him are Wacho, Dignāga, Beopheung of Silla, Barsanuphius, Kaleb of Axum, and Amalaberga.

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Among people born in Iran, Bodhidharma ranks 24 out of 631Before him are Ulugh Beg (1394), Cambyses II (-550), Malik-Shah I (1055), Abdul Qadir Gilani (1078), Tughril (990), and Al-Tabari (839). After him are Tahmasp I (1514), Nader Shah (1688), Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj (817), Khosrow I (501), Mansur Al-Hallaj (858), and Reza Shah (1878).

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Among philosophers born in Iran, Bodhidharma ranks 3Before him are Al-Ghazali (1058), and Al-Tabari (839). After him are Bayazid Bastami (804), Miskawayh (932), Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (1149), Mazdak (450), Shahab al-Din Yahya ibn Habash Suhrawardi (1155), Haji Bektash Veli (1209), Mulla Sadra (1571), Al-Baydawi (1201), and Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai (1892).