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Uggāhamāna-Samaṇamuṇḍikāputta

A wanderer (paribbājaka). Once when he was staying near Sāvatthi in Mallikā’s pleasance at the debating hall (Samayappavādaka), the carpenter (thapati), Pañcakaṅga, on his way to see the Buddha, visited him and had a conversation with him, which conversation Pañcakaṅga later reported to the Buddha (M.ii.22 f). The details are given in the Samaṇamuṇḍika Sutta.

According to Buddhaghosa (MA.ii.710), the wanderer’s original name was Sumana, but he was called Uggāhamāna because he had the ability to learn a few things (because he was always learning things?).

Chalmers (Further Dialogues ii.12n) suggests that perhaps his mother’s name was originally Sumanā and that it was altered to Samanā, just as there is the further tendency to read muṇḍikā for the second part, in order to make her name mean “shaveling recluse” on familiar Pāḷi analogy.

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