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Chandrakirti (IAST: Candrakīrti; c. 600 – c. 650, meaning "glory of the moon" in Sanskrit) or "Chandra" was a Buddhist scholar of the madhyamaka school and a noted commentator on the works of Nagarjuna (c. 150 – c. 250 CE) and those of his main disciple, Aryadeva. He wrote two influential works on madhyamaka, the Prasannapadā and the Madhyamakāvatāra.Very little is known about Chandrakirti's life, though Tibetan sources state that he was born in South India, became a Buddhist monk and was a student of Kamalabuddhi (who was the student of Buddhapalita). Tibetan sources like Bu ston and Taranatha state that Chandrakirti was active at Nalanda University, where he is said to have become an abbot. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Chandrakirti has received more than 69,752 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Chandrakirti is the 547th most popular philosopher (down from 486th in 2019), the 154th most popular biography from India (down from 129th in 2019) and the 21st most popular Indian Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Chandrakirti ranks 547 out of 1,089Before him are Manuel Chrysoloras, Dicaearchus, Metrodorus of Lampsacus, Anaxarchus, Hu Shih, and Bernardino Telesio. After him are Marpa Lotsawa, Sergei Bulgakov, Conrad Celtes, Eric Voegelin, Hermann Lotze, and Arthur Danto.

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Among people born in 600, Chandrakirti ranks 27Before him are Cosmas Indicopleustes, Ubayy ibn Ka'b, Bayan I, Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman, Ka'b ibn al-Ashraf, and Heraclius the Elder. After him are Al-Mughira, Abdullah ibn Muhammad, Ceawlin of Wessex, Gundemar, John IV of Constantinople, and Chilperic of Aquitaine. Among people deceased in 650, Chandrakirti ranks 3Before him are Abdullah ibn Masud and Songtsen Gampo.

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Among people born in India, Chandrakirti ranks 154 out of 1,227Before him are Ahmad Sirhindi (1564), Vinoba Bhave (1895), Mamnoon Hussain (1940), Vikramaditya (-102), Surdas (1478), and Morarji Desai (1896). After him are Bahadur Shah I (1643), Guru Arjan (1563), Sai Baba of Shirdi (1835), Mad Mike Hoare (1919), Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (1820), and Jyotirao Phule (1827).


Among philosophers born in India, Chandrakirti ranks 21Before him are Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883), Abul A'la Maududi (1903), Shantideva (685), Buddhaghosa (401), Ravidas (1450), and Ahmad Sirhindi (1564). After him are Jyotirao Phule (1827), Sivananda Saraswati (1887), Eknath (1533), Dignāga (480), Madhvacharya (1199), and Thiruvalluvar (350).