the Buddha thought: "Who should I teach first? The person
must be interested in the Dharma and quick to understand it."
First he thought of his old teachers, Alara Kalama and Uddaka
Ramaputta. But they had both died. Then he remembered his
five ascetic friends, Kondanna, Bhaddiya, Vappa, Mahanama
and Assaji. When he found out that they were living at Sarnath,
near Varanasi, he left soon afterwards to find them.