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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 504,498 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia. Milarepa is the 241st most popular philosopher (down from 225th in 2019), the 120th most popular biography from China (down from 107th in 2019) and the 11th 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 241 out of 1,089Before him are Ivan Illich, Cratylus, Ernst Bloch, Judah Loew ben Bezalel, Guy Debord, and Iamblichus. After him are Nikolai Berdyaev, Jacques Maritain, Isaiah Berlin, Hans Jonas, Orosius, and Apollodorus of Athens.

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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 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 120 out of 1,186Before him are Cao Rui (205), Li Zicheng (1606), Wong Fei-hung (1925), Empress Lü (-241), Bao Zheng (999), and Luo Guanzhong (1330). After him are Li Xiannian (1909), Emperor Zhongzong of Tang (656), Hu Yaobang (1915), Emperor Jing of Han (-188), I. M. Pei (1917), and Yue Fei (1142).


Among philosophers born in China, Milarepa ranks 11Before him are Zhuang Zhou (-369), Zhu Xi (1130), Mozi (-470), Padmasambhava (717), Han Fei (-280), and Xun Kuang (-313). After him are Shen Kuo (1031), Huineng (638), Wang Yangming (1472), Han Yu (768), Guan Zhong (-720), and Ban Zhao (45).