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Jetsun Milarepa (Tibetan: རྗེ་བཙུན་མི་ལ་རས་པ, Wylie: rje btsun mi la ras pa, 1028/40–1111/23) was a Tibetan siddha, who was famously known as a murderer when he was a young man, before turning to Buddhism and becoming a highly accomplished Buddhist disciple. He is generally considered one of Tibet's most famous yogis and spiritual poets, whose teachings are known among several schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He was a student of Marpa Lotsawa, and a major figure in the history of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Milarepa has received more than 830,147 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Milarepa is the 240th most popular philosopher (down from 223rd in 2019), the 122nd most popular biography from China (down from 99th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Chinese Philosopher.

Milarepa is most famous for being a Tibetan Buddhist saint and yogi who was born into a poor farming family. He was a student of Marpa the Translator, who was his guru. Milarepa studied under Marpa for many years and mastered the teachings and practices of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Among philosophers, Milarepa ranks 240 out of 1,267Before him are Judah Loew ben Bezalel, Cleanthes, Giorgio Agamben, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Chilon of Sparta, and Apollodorus of Athens. After him are Ivan Illich, Ernst Bloch, Orosius, Michael Psellos, Theano, and Iamblichus.

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Among people born in 1052, Milarepa ranks 2Before him is Philip I of France. After him are Conrad II, Duke of Bavaria, Oleg I of Chernigov, and Jón Ögmundsson. Among people deceased in 1135, Milarepa ranks 2Before him is Henry I of England. After him are Emperor Huizong of Song, Al-Mustarshid, Emperor Taizong of Jin, and Elvira of Castile, Queen of Sicily.

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Among people born in China, Milarepa ranks 122 out of 1,610Before him are Wu Cheng'en (1500), Empress Lü (-241), Li Zicheng (1606), Zhao Ziyang (1919), Bao Zheng (999), and Chiang Ching-kuo (1910). After him are Songtsen Gampo (604), Hyeonjong of Joseon (1641), Kaidu (1230), Emperor Huizong of Song (1082), Kumārajīva (343), and Hong Xiuquan (1814).


Among philosophers born in China, Milarepa ranks 10Before him are Mencius (-372), Zhuang Zhou (-369), Zhu Xi (1130), Mozi (-470), Han Fei (-280), and Xun Kuang (-313). After him are Shen Kuo (1031), Wang Yangming (1472), Guan Zhong (-720), Han Yu (768), Ban Zhao (45), and Dong Zhongshu (-179).