Posted on: August 25, 2022 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

According to the book The Buddhist World by author John Powers, there are 14 most influential Buddhist figures in the world.

The Buddhist World (roughly translated: The Buddhist World) by John Powers

Those 14 characters have the following list:

1. The Buddha (Buddha Shakyamuni)

2. Nagarjuna (Patriarch of the 14 Indian Zen School – Mr. Nagarjuna, founder of the Middle Way School) 3. Vasubandhu (Patriarch of the 21 Zen School of India – Mr. Vasubandhu – the author of “Vi Miraculous Dharma”)

4. Dignaga & Dharmakirti (Tran Na & Dharmakirti, 2 excellent commentators of Indian Buddhism)

5. Wonhyo (Nguyen Hieu – Korean master)

6. Dogen (Zen Master Dogen – First Patriarch of the Soto School – Japan)

7. Milarepa (Mr. Milarepa – Great Tibetan Practitioner)

8. Tsongkhapa (Great Master Tsongkhapa – Patriarch of the Pope sect, established the reincarnation regime of the Dalai Lama and Panchen Dalai Lama – Tibet)

9. Nichiren (Mr. Nhat Lien – founder of Nhat Lien Tong of the French-Japanese Buddhist system)

ten. Thich Nhat Hanh (Initiating the Plum Village Dharma class – Vietnam)

11. Master Yinshun (Chinese master Yinshun – preaching in Taiwan)

12. The Fourteenth Dalai Lama (14th Dalai Lama – Tibet)

13. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (Thai Master Buddhadasa – Proposal of Buddhist Socialism). Through the list, readers note that there are five Indians, three Tibetans, and two Japanese. In China, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam, each country has a great master selected for this list. Currently only His Holiness the Dalai Lama alive, the others have passed away.


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