He was the son of a wanderer (paribbājaka) and entered the Order after seeing the Buddha perform the Twin Miracle (Yamaka Pāṭihāriya); he later attained Arahantship through absorption (jhāna). There was a wanderer named Kātiyāna, whom he had known as a layman, and Kātiyāna, having become destitute after the Buddha’s appearance in the world, asked Sāmaññakāni what he could do to get happiness in this world and the next. His friend answered that he should follow the Noble Eightfold Path (Thag.vs.35; ThagA.i.98f). We are told (ThagA.i.450) that Kātiyāna later joined the Order and became an Arahant.
Sāmaññakāni is evidently identical with Mañcadāyaka (Pecchadāyaka) of the Apadāna (Ap.i.455). Ninety-