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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 tradition, 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 (Sanskrit: śramaṇa). After leading a life of mendicancy, asceticism, and meditation, he attained enlightenment 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 23,010,044 page views. His biography is available in 190 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 185 in 2019). Gautama Buddha is the 7th most popular philosopher (down from 5th 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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    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 190

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  • 14.28

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.68

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among philosophers, Gautama Buddha ranks 7 out of 1,081Before him are Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Confucius, Pythagoras, and René Descartes. After him are Immanuel Kant, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Avicenna, John Locke, 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 55After him are Tenzing Norgay (1914), Sita (null), Maya (-600), Rāhula (-534), Yaśodharā (-600), Śuddhodana (-590), Mahapajapati Gotami (-600), Janaka (null), Chandra Bahadur Dangi (1939), Gyanendra of Nepal (1947), and Prithvi Narayan Shah (1723).


Among philosophers born in Nepal, Gautama Buddha ranks 1