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Nāgārjuna (c. 150 – c. 250 CE; simplified Chinese: 龙树; traditional Chinese: 龍樹; pinyin: Lóngshù; Standard Tibetan: mGon-po Klu-grub) was an Indian Mahāyāna Buddhist thinker, scholar-saint and philosopher. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nagarjuna has received more than 1,229,816 page views. His biography is available in 86 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 80 in 2019). Nagarjuna is the 106th most popular philosopher (down from 93rd in 2019), the 17th most popular biography from India (down from 15th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Indian Philosopher.

Nagarjuna is most famous for his Madhyamaka philosophy. He was a Buddhist monk who lived in the second century CE and is considered to be the founder of the Madhyamaka school of Buddhist philosophy.

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Among philosophers, Nagarjuna ranks 106 out of 1,089Before him are Philo, Theophrastus, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Meister Eckhart, Gilles Deleuze, and Ibn Taymiyyah. After him are Bonaventure, Tommaso Campanella, Eusebius, Pyrrho, George Gurdjieff, and Antisthenes.

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Among people born in 150, Nagarjuna ranks 1After him are Clement of Alexandria, Shapur I, Pope Zephyrinus, Clodius Albinus, Lucilla, Dian Wei, Aristides of Athens, Vologases IV, Gogukcheon of Goguryeo, Zhang Zhongjing, and Terentianus. Among people deceased in 250, Nagarjuna ranks 1After him are Pope Fabian, Denis, Tryphon, Respicius, and Nympha, Herodian, Philostratus, Cai Yan, Aryadeva, Saint Mercurius, Censorinus, and Licinianus.

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In India

Among people born in India, Nagarjuna ranks 17 out of 1,227Before him are Vivien Leigh (1913), Jawaharlal Nehru (1889), Kālidāsa (400), Indira Gandhi (1917), Ānanda (-600), and Shivaji (1627). After him are Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895), Sathya Sai Baba (1926), Chandragupta Maurya (-340), Adi Shankara (788), Bodhidharma (483), and Kabir (1440).


Among philosophers born in India, Nagarjuna ranks 2Before him are Ramakrishna (1836). After him are Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895), Adi Shankara (788), Bodhidharma (483), Kabir (1440), Swami Vivekananda (1863), Sri Aurobindo (1872), Ramana Maharshi (1879), Aśvaghoṣa (80), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), and Paramahansa Yogananda (1893).