Group of five

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The group of five (S. pañcavargika; P. pañcavaggiyā; T. lnga sde; C. wuqun [biqiu] 五群[比丘]), refers to the five astectics who practiced austerities with Siddhartha and later became his first five disciples.[1]

This group is also referred to as the five astetics or the first five disciples.

In Sanskrit texts, this group is commonly known as bhadravargīya (Tib. ཁོར་ལྔ་སྡེ་བཟང་པོ་, 'khor lnga sde bzang po), the auspicious group.[1]

The five are:

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Princeton Dict icon 166px.png Robert E. Buswell Jr., Donald S. Lopez Jr., The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Princeton: 2014), s.v. pañcavargika