List of Buddha claimants

List of Buddha claimants

The people described below have:
* claimed to have attained enlightenment and become buddhas
* claimed to be manifestations of bodhisattvas
* identified themselves as Buddha, or
* been honored as buddhas or bodhisattvas due to: being identified as the reincarnation of one such (e.g., the Dalai Lama, the Panchen Lama); popularity; evidence in the form of auspicious signs.

Many people in recent times have also claimed to be Maitreya, the successor of Gautama Buddha, the historical founder of Buddhism. Many have either used the Maitreya incarnation claim to either form a new Buddhist sect or have used the name of Maitreya to form a new religious movement or cult.

An asterisk (*) below indicates a significant number of followers, while a double dagger () marks those entries referring to a royal line of deification rather than an individual.

ee also

*List of bodhisattvas
*List of people considered to be deities
*List of people who have claimed to be Jesus
*List of people who have been considered avatars
*List of messiah claimants


*Hogue, John "Messiahs: The Visions and Prophecies for the Second Coming" (1999) Elements Books ISBN 1-86204-549-6

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