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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 192,588 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Buddhaghosa is the 520th most popular philosopher (up from 522nd in 2019), the 142nd most popular biography from India (down from 139th in 2019) and the 18th most popular Indian Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Buddhaghosa ranks 520 out of 1,089Before him are Ludwig Büchner, Murray Bookchin, Huiyuan, Thomas Nagel, Themistius, and Mary Parker Follett. After him are Yang Zhu, Ravidas, Paul Virilio, Johann Bernhard Basedow, Bion of Borysthenes, and Ahmad Sirhindi.

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Among people born in 401, Buddhaghosa ranks 6Before him are Theodosius II, Leo I the Thracian, Aelia Eudocia, Emperor Ankō, and Stobaeus. After him are Barsanuphius, Hilary of Arles, and Nechtan Morbet. Among people deceased in 500, Buddhaghosa ranks 4Before him are Nonnus, Zu Chongzhi, and Chandragupta II. After him are Charaton, Anthemius, Rutilius Claudius Namatianus, Calcidius, Faustus of Byzantium, Respendial, Caradoc, and Coelius Sedulius.

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Among people born in India, Buddhaghosa ranks 142 out of 1,227Before him are Pratibha Patil (1934), Gopal Krishna Gokhale (1866), Vidyapati (1352), Ram Narayan (1927), Wilfred Bion (1897), and Bāṇabhaṭṭa (601). After him are Ravidas (1450), Chandra Shekhar Azad (1906), Nizam-ul-Mulk, Asaf Jah I (1671), B. K. S. Iyengar (1918), Tarabai (1675), and Ahmad Sirhindi (1564).


Among philosophers born in India, Buddhaghosa ranks 18Before him are Paramahansa Yogananda (1893), Vyasa (-390), Ramanuja (1017), Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883), Abul A'la Maududi (1903), and Shantideva (685). After him are Ravidas (1450), Ahmad Sirhindi (1564), Chandrakirti (600), Jyotirao Phule (1827), Sivananda Saraswati (1887), and Eknath (1533).