PHILOSOPHER

Buddhaghosa

401 - 500

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Buddhaghosa was a 5th-century Indian Theravada Buddhist commentator, translator and philosopher. He worked in the Great Monastery (Mahāvihāra) at Anurādhapura, Sri Lanka and saw himself as being part of the Vibhajjavāda school and in the lineage of the Sinhalese Mahāvihāra. His best-known work is the Visuddhimagga ("Path of Purification"), a comprehensive summary of older Sinhala commentaries on Theravada teachings and practices. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Buddhaghosa has received more than 276,561 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. Buddhaghosa is the 413th most popular philosopher (up from 420th in 2019), the 123rd most popular biography from India (up from 125th in 2019) and the 17th most popular Indian Philosopher.

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Among PHILOSOPHERS

Among philosophers, Buddhaghosa ranks 413 out of 1,267Before him are Brunetto Latini, Peter Sloterdijk, Phaedo of Elis, Franciscus Patricius, Franz Rosenzweig, and Eudemus of Rhodes. After him are Siger of Brabant, Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais, John Philoponus, Bernard of Chartres, Alain de Benoist, and Pavel Florensky.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 401, Buddhaghosa ranks 4Before him are Theodosius II, Leo I the Thracian, and Aelia Eudocia. After him are Emperor Ankō, Stobaeus, Barsanuphius, Mamertus, Hermias, Hilary of Arles, Solomon, and Palladius. Among people deceased in 500, Buddhaghosa ranks 5Before him are Nonnus, Zu Chongzhi, Vātsyāyana, and Chandragupta II. After him are Hesychius of Alexandria, Rutilius Claudius Namatianus, Hierocles of Alexandria, Faustus of Byzantium, Charaton, Asclepigenia, and Aedesia.

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In India

Among people born in India, Buddhaghosa ranks 123 out of 1,861Before him are Akshay Kumar (1967), Ahmad Sirhindi (1564), Chandragupta II (400), Sambhaji (1657), Vishvamitra (-2000), and Siraj ud-Daulah (1733). After him are Ravi Shankar (1956), Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899), Dadabhai Naoroji (1825), Mata Amritanandamayi (1953), Sai Baba of Shirdi (1835), and Lakshmi Mittal (1950).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In India

Among philosophers born in India, Buddhaghosa ranks 17Before him are Sri Aurobindo (1872), Paramahansa Yogananda (1893), Ramana Maharshi (1879), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), Ramanuja (1017), and Ahmad Sirhindi (1564). After him are Abul A'la Maududi (1903), Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883), Ravidas (1450), Jyotirao Phule (1827), Madhvacharya (1199), and Sivananda Saraswati (1887).