A Paribbājaka. Once when he was staying
near Sāvatthi in
Mallikā's pleasance at the
Samayappavādaka hall, the carpenter (thapati),
Pañcakanga, on his way to see the
Buddha, visited him and had a conversation with
him, which conversation Pañcakanga later reported to the Buddha (M.ii.22f). The
details are given in the Samana-Mandikā
According to Buddhaghosa (MA.ii.710), the
Paribbājaka'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 mundikā for the second part, in order to make her name
mean "shaveling recluse" on familiar Pāli analogy.