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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 634,886 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia. Milarepa is the 226th most popular philosopher (up from 241st in 2019), the 100th most popular biography from China (up from 120th 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 226 out of 1,081Before him are Benedetto Croce, Miguel de Unamuno, Isaiah Berlin, Baltasar Gracián, Paul Feyerabend, and Giorgio Agamben. After him are Bernard Bolzano, Bayazid Bastami, Imre Lakatos, Cratylus, Gaston Bachelard, and Pelagius.

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

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Among people born in China, Milarepa ranks 100 out of 1,392Before him are Zhang Heng (78), Tongzhi Emperor (1856), Soong Ching-ling (1893), Hua Tuo (200), Qu Yuan (-343), and 13th Dalai Lama (1876). After him are Wu Cheng'en (1500), Emperor Yang of Sui (569), Jingtai Emperor (1428), Lin Biao (1907), Tu Youyou (1930), and Jiang Ziya (-1090).


Among philosophers born in China, Milarepa ranks 10Before him are Mencius (-372), Zhuang Zhou (-369), Mozi (-470), Zhu Xi (1130), Han Fei (-280), and Xun Kuang (-313). After him are Shen Kuo (1031), Wang Yangming (1472), Guan Zhong (-720), Han Yu (768), Linji Yixuan (850), and Ban Zhao (45).