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Zhiyi (Chinese: 智顗; pinyin: Zhìyǐ; Wade–Giles: Chih-i; Japanese pronunciation: Chigi; Korean: 지의; Vietnamese: Trí Nghĩ) (538–597 CE) is traditionally listed as the fourth patriarch, but is generally considered the founder of the Tiantai tradition of Buddhism in China. His standard title was Śramaṇa Zhiyi (Ch. 沙門智顗), linking him to the broad tradition of Indian asceticism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zhiyi has received more than 79,789 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 500th most popular philosopher.

Memorability Metrics

  • 80k

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  • 57.48

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 21

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.80

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.18

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among philosophers, Zhiyi ranks 498 out of 1,005Before him are Zhang Daoling, Hans Reichenbach, Synesius, Bernardino Telesio, Ari Thorgilsson, and Pierre Duhem. After him are Eric Voegelin, William of Champeaux, Günther Anders, Alan Watts, Su Song, and Victor Cousin.

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Among people born in 538, Zhiyi ranks 3Before him are Gregory of Tours and Emperor Bidatsu.  Among people deceased in 597, Zhiyi ranks 4Before him are Fredegund, Columba, and Simeon Stylites the Younger. After him is Ceol of Wessex.

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In China

Among people born in China, Zhiyi ranks 367 out of 921Before him are Emperor Xizong of Tang (862), Han Gan (706), Zhang Daoling (34), Li Zongren (1890), Menander I (-190), and Xu Guangqi (1562). After him are Ragibagh Khan (1320), Emperor Jingzong of Tang (809), Run Run Shaw (1907), Su Song (1020), Terence Young (1915), and Zhao Mengfu (1254).