A brahmin. He once visited the Buddha at
Sāvatthi and asked him whether the five
sense-abilities (indriyāni), which were of different scope and range, had any
common ground of resort (pati-sarana). The Buddha replies that the mind is their
common resort and, in answer to further questions, explains that there is
nothing beyond Nibbāna; that the holy life has Nibbāna for its ending.
When the brahmin, greatly pleased with the Buddha's teaching, goes away, the
Buddha tells the monks that Unnābha has become an anāgāmī and would, therefore,
after death, no longer return to this world (S.v.217f).
The same Nikāya (S.v.272f) records a visit of Unnābha to
Ananda at Kosambī.
He asks Ananda what is the aim of holy life and, on being told that it is the
abandoning of desire by means of jhāna, suggests that it would be a task without
end. But Ananda, by means of an illustration, explains how the task does come to
an end, and Unnābha expresses great satisfaction with the answer. Perhaps this
refers to another brahmin of the same name.