Gautama Buddha

566 BC - 452 BC

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Gautama Buddha (also Siddhārtha Gautama or (Pali) Siddhattha Gotama; Shakyamuni or (Pali) Sakkamuni; and The Buddha) was an ascetic and spiritual teacher of South Asia who lived during the latter half of the first millennium BCE. He was the founder of Buddhism and is revered by Buddhists as an Enlightened being whose teachings sought a path to freedom from ignorance, craving, rebirth and suffering. Born in Lumbini (present day Nepal) in the clan of the Shakya, he spent the majority of his adult life in modern day Nepal and India, attaining enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya. He preached his first sermon on the Four Noble Truths in Sarnath, where the Buddhist sangha or community also came to life, and is believed to have passed away from earthly existence by achieving nirvana in Kushinagar. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gautama Buddha has received more than 20,906,339 page views. His biography is available in 185 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 179 in 2019). Gautama Buddha is the 5th most popular philosopher (down from 4th 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 5 out of 1,089Before him are Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, and Confucius. After him are Immanuel Kant, René Descartes, Avicenna, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich Nietzsche, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Augustine of Hippo.

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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 47After him are Tenzing Norgay (1914), Maya (-600), Rāhula (-534), Suman Pokhrel (1967), Yaśodharā (-600), Mahapajapati Gotami (-600), Chandra Bahadur Dangi (1939), Gyanendra of Nepal (1947), Janaka (null), Anuruddha (-450), and Prithvi Narayan Shah (1723).


Among philosophers born in Nepal, Gautama Buddha ranks 1