Famous Buddhists  

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A List of famous Buddhists. This list compiles well known individuals who practice or have heavily studied Buddhism. All branches of Buddhism have been included. Buddhism is a philosophy and religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, known to most of us as "the Buddha." Though it's found throughout the world, Buddhism is most popular in Asia, and it originated within India. There are two major branches of Buddhism, Mahayana and Theravada, the former being the most popular. The common thread among all branches of Buddhism is the concept of "dependent origination", that reality is an interwoven web of cause and effect.

Though its origins are distant, there are plenty of famous American Buddhists. Buddhism is the philosophy held or studied by every individual on this list of celebrity Buddhists.
Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Buddhists
Dec. at 48 (1964-2012)
Adam Nathaniel Yauch was an American rapper, musician, film director, and human rights activist. He was best known as a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys. He was frequently known ...more
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 51
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is an English actor and former fashion model, best known for his roles as Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns, Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity, Mr. Eko on Lost and ...more
Allen Ginsberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Buddhists
Dec. at 71 (1926-1997)
Irwin Allen Ginsberg was an American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture that soon would follow. He vigorously opposed economic ...more
Chow Yun-Fat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 63
Donald Chow Yun-fat, SBS, commonly known as Chow Yun-fat, is a Hong Kong actor. He is best known in Asia for his collaborations with filmmaker John Woo in the heroic bloodshed genre films A ...more
Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 54
Courtney Michelle Love is an American alternative rock singer, songwriter, musician, actress, and visual artist. Prolific in the punk and grunge scenes of the 1990s as the frontwoman of Hole, ...more
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 72
David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the ...more
George Dvorsky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 48
George P. Dvorsky is a Canadian bioethicist, transhumanist, and futurist. He is a contributing editor at io9 and producer of the Sentient Developments blog and podcast. Dvorsky currently serves ...more
George Lucas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 74
George Walton Lucas, Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and entrepreneur. He founded Lucasfilm and led the company as chairman and chief executive before selling it to The ...more
Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 73
Goldie Jeanne Hawn is an American actress, film director, producer, and occasional singer. Hawn is known for her roles in television's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and films such as The ...more
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 78
Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. Starting his career with jazz legend Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles ...more
Hermann Hesse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Buddhists
Dec. at 85 (1877-1962)
Hermann Hesse was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search ...more
Jack Kerouac is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Buddhists
Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)
Jack Kerouac was an American novelist and poet. He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Kerouac is ...more
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 69
Jeffrey Leon "Jeff" Bridges is an American actor, singer, and producer. He comes from a well-known acting family and began his televised acting in 1958 as a child with his father, ...more
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 55
Li Lianjie, better known by his English stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and wushu champion who was born in Beijing. He is a naturalised Singaporean ...more
k.d. lang is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 57
Kathryn Dawn Lang, OC, known by her stage name k.d. lang, is a Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress. Lang has won both Juno Awards and Grammy Awards for her musical ...more
Kate Bosworth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 36
Catherine Ann "Kate" Bosworth is an American actress, jewelry designer and model. She is best known for her lead roles in Blue Crush, Beyond the Sea, Superman Returns, and Still
Kate Hudson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 39
Kate Garry Hudson is an American actress. She rose to prominence in 2001 after winning a Golden Globe and receiving several nominations, including one for an Academy Award for Best Supporting ...more
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 84
Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ is a Canadian singer–songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen has ...more
Naima Mora is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 34
Naima Mora is an American fashion model and the winner of Cycle 4 of America's Next Top Model.
Oliver Stone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 69
William Oliver Stone is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and military veteran. Stone came to public prominence between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s for writing and ...more
Orlando Bloom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 42
Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom is an English actor. After having his breakthrough by starring in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he rose through fame by further appearing in epic fantasy, ...more
Patrick Duffy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 69
Patrick Duffy is an American actor, best known for his role on the CBS primetime soap opera Dallas, where he played Bobby Ewing from 1978 to 1985 and from 1986 to 1991. Duffy returned to reprise ...more
Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 78
Philip Morris Glass is an American composer. He is considered one of the most influential music makers of the late 20th century. His music is also often controversially described as minimal ...more
Richard Gere is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 69
Richard Tiffany Gere is an American actor and activist. He began acting in the 1970s, playing a supporting role in Looking for Mr. Goodbar and a starring role in Days of Heaven. He came to ...more
Sharon Stone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Buddhists
age 60
Sharon Yvonne Stone is an American actress, film producer, and former fashion model. Stone first caught the public eye opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall. She then achieved ...more