Is Nalaka the Buddha's first disciple?

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SarathW
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Is Nalaka the Buddha's first disciple?

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Is Nalaka the Buddha's first disciple?
Nalaka: the world at once and become an ascetic and hold himself in readiness to profit by the Buddhas Enlightenment.

This Nalaka did, though possessing eighty thousand crores of wealth, and he spent his time in Himava. When the time came, he visited the Buddha seven days after the Buddhas first sermon and questioned him on the Moneyyapatipada (also called the Nalakapatipada, because it is included in the Nalaka Sutta). Nalaka retired once more into Himava and there attained arahantship. There he spent seven months leaning against a golden rock, practising patipada in its highest form. After his death the Buddha, with his monks, visited the scene of his death, cremated his remains, and had a cetiya built over them.
https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/nalaka

It appears Nalaka became a monk in the name of future Gotama Buddha at the request of his uncle Asita Tapasa.
Is this true?
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Re: Is Nalaka the Buddha's first disciple?

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Well he cant be the Buddha's first disciple if he visited him 7 days after the Buddha's first sermon. Because the Buddha had disciples by the end of his first sermon.
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Re: Is Nalaka the Buddha's first disciple?

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TRobinson465 wrote: Mon Sep 13, 2021 3:52 am Well he cant be the Buddha's first disciple if he visited him 7 days after the Buddha's first sermon. Because the Buddha had disciples by the end of his first sermon.
Yep, the group of 5 precede him. Kondanna being the first Arahant after listening to the Buddha.
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