Gautama Buddha

566 BC - 452 BC

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Siddhartha Gautama, most commonly referred to as the Buddha ('the awakened'), was a wandering ascetic and religious teacher who lived in South Asia during the 6th or 5th century BCE and founded Buddhism. According to Buddhist legends, he was born in Lumbini, in what is now Nepal, to royal parents of the Shakya clan, but renounced his home life to live as a wandering ascetic. After leading a life of mendicancy, asceticism, and meditation, he attained nirvana at Bodh Gaya in what is now India. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gautama Buddha has received more than 23,238,244 page views. His biography is available in 204 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 190 in 2019). Gautama Buddha is the 4th most popular philosopher (up from 7th in 2019), the most popular biography from Nepal and the most popular Nepalese Philosopher.

Gautama Buddha is most famous for being the founder of Buddhism. He is also famous for his teachings on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.

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Among philosophers, Gautama Buddha ranks 4 out of 1,267Before him are Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates. After him are Pythagoras, Confucius, René Descartes, Immanuel Kant, Avicenna, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Friedrich Nietzsche.

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Among people born in 566 BC, Gautama Buddha ranks 1 Among people deceased in 452 BC, Gautama Buddha ranks 1

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In Nepal

Among people born in Nepal, Gautama Buddha ranks 1 out of 59After him are Tenzing Norgay (1914), Yaśodharā (-600), Maya (-600), Rāhula (-534), Śuddhodana (-590), Mahapajapati Gotami (-600), Prithvi Narayan Shah (1723), Birendra of Nepal (1945), Gyanendra of Nepal (1947), Chandra Bahadur Dangi (1939), and Ram Baran Yadav (1948).


Among philosophers born in Nepal, Gautama Buddha ranks 1