Gautama Buddha

566 BC - 452 BC

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The Buddha (also known as Siddhattha Gotama or Siddhārtha Gautama or Buddha Shakyamuni) was a philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher, and religious leader who lived in what is now Nepal and India (c. 5th to 4th century BCE). He is revered as the founder of the world religion of Buddhism, and as an avatar in Vaishnavism and recognized by most Buddhist schools as the Enlightened One who is believed to have transcended Karma and escaped the cycle of birth and rebirth. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gautama Buddha has received more than 17,561,942 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