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Mahanaman (S. Mahānāman, P. Mahānāma; T. ming chen མིང་ཆེན་; C. Mohenan 摩訶男) is the proper name for two important disciples of the Buddha.[1]

  • Mahanaman (one of the group of five)
  • Mahanaman (an important lay disciple)

Mahanaman (group of five)

The first Mahanaman was one of the five ascetics who practised austerities for six years with Siddhartha Gautama before his enlightenment. After Siddhartha's enlightenment, he and the other four astectics became the Buddha's first five disciples after listening to the Buddha's first discourse, the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta.

Mahanaman (lay disciple)

Another Mahanama was a generous lay disciple known for his generous support of the early sangha.[1]

Mahanama sutta

There is also sutta in the Pali Canon called Mahanama Sutta (AN 6.10).[2]