A recluse, once a co-
When Mahānāma arrived the next morning, the Buddha talked to him about the three kinds of teachers:
Would their conclusions coincide, or would they differ?
Here Bharaṇḍu chimed in and asked Mahānāma to say they would be the same. However, the Buddha contradicted him, whereupon Bharaṇḍu said they would be different; but the Buddha again contradicted him, and even, also, a third time. Grieved at being slighted by the Buddha in the presence of Mahānāma, an important Sākyan, Bharaṇḍu left Kapilavatthu, never to return (A.i.276 f).
The Commentary explains (AA.i.458) that he had lived in the same hermitage as the Buddha, when they were both pupils of Āḷāra Kālāma.
Bharaṇḍu had the reputation of being able to secure the best and choicest alms in the city.