Marpa Lotsawa

1012 - 1097

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Marpa Lotsāwa (མར་པ་ལོ་ཙཱ་བ་ཆོས་ཀྱི་བློ་གྲོས་, 1012–1097), sometimes known fully as Marpa Chökyi Lodrö (Wylie: mar pa chos kyi blo gros) or commonly as Marpa the Translator (Marpa Lotsāwa), was a Tibetan Buddhist teacher credited with the transmission of many Vajrayana teachings from India, including the teachings and lineages of Mahamudra. Due to this the Kagyu lineage, which he founded, is often called Marpa Kagyu in his honour.Although some accounts relate that the Mahasiddha Naropa was the personal teacher of Marpa, other accounts suggest that Marpa held Naropa's lineage through intermediary disciples only. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marpa Lotsawa has received more than 110,773 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia. Marpa Lotsawa is the 537th most popular philosopher (up from 548th in 2019), the 412th most popular biography from China (down from 408th in 2019) and the 24th most popular Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Marpa Lotsawa ranks 537 out of 1,081Before him are Al-Baydawi, Dharmakirti, Cesare Ripa, Chaïm Perelman, Crates of Mallus, and Georg Henrik von Wright. After him are Berengar of Tours, Charles W. Morris, Vilém Flusser, Shah Waliullah Dehlawi, Myson of Chenae, and Myia.

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Among people born in 1012, Marpa Lotsawa ranks 3Before him are Pope Benedict IX and Baldwin V, Count of Flanders. After him are García Sánchez III of Pamplona, Abbad II al-Mu'tadid, and Cai Xiang. Among people deceased in 1097, Marpa Lotsawa ranks 1After him are Anushtegin Gharchai, Berenguer Ramon II, Count of Barcelona, Albert Azzo II, Margrave of Milan, Heonjong of Goryeo, Odo of Bayeux, Petar Snačić, Geoffrey III, Count of Anjou, and Hugh V, Count of Maine.

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In China

Among people born in China, Marpa Lotsawa ranks 412 out of 1,392Before him are Han Gan (706), Zhuge Jin (174), Daniel C. Tsui (1939), Mi Fu (1051), J. G. Ballard (1930), and Gengshi Emperor (null). After him are Run Run Shaw (1907), Qian Xuesen (1911), Ba Jin (1904), Zhang Lu (101), Zhang Zhongjing (150), and Wang Qishan (1948).


Among philosophers born in China, Marpa Lotsawa ranks 24Before him are Ouyang Xiu (1007), Su Song (1020), Zhiyi (538), Dong Zhongshu (-179), Liu Bowen (1311), and Huiyuan (334). After him are Zhou Dunyi (1017), Zhang Daoling (34), Hu Shih (1891), Shen Buhai (-385), Cheng Yi (1033), and Wang Bi (226).