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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 Guatama 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]


  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. Mahānāman
  2. SuttaCentral icon square 170px.png With Mahānāma, SuttaCentral
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