Can lokuttara citta's be defined as the true knowing essence (yathabhuta nana dassana)?


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No, yathābhūtañāṇadassana is said to refer to early stages of Vipassana insight:

yathābhūtañāṇadassananti yathāsabhāvajānanasaṅkhātaṃ dassanaṃ. etena taruṇavipassanaṃ dasseti. taruṇavipassanā hi balavavipassanāya paccayo hoti.

yathābhūtañāṇadassana refers to that which is understood as knowing things according to existential characteristics (sabhāva). By this is meant weak (taruṇa) vipassana. And weak vipassana is a requisite for strong (balava) vipassana.

-- SN-a

The commentary here is explaining a passage showing the following progression:

  1. avijjūpanisā saṅkhārā - formations have ignorance as a cause

  2. saṅkhārūpanisaṃ viññāṇaṃ - consciousness has formations as a cause

  3. viññāṇūpanisaṃ nāmarūpaṃ - mind and body have consciousness as a cause

  4. nāmarūpūpanisaṃ saḷāyatanaṃ - the senses have mind and body as a cause

  5. saḷāyatanūpaniso phasso - contact has the senses as a cause

  6. phassūpanisā vedanā - sensations have contact as a cause

  7. vedanūpanisā taṇhā - craving has sensations as a cause

  8. taṇhūpanisaṃ upādānaṃ - clinging has craving as a cause

  9. upādānūpaniso bhavo - becoming has clinging as a cause

  10. bhavūpanisā jāti - birth has becoming as a cause

  11. jātūpanisaṃ dukkhaṃ - suffering has birth as a cause

  12. dukkhūpanisā saddhā - confidence has suffering as a cause

  13. saddhūpanisaṃ pāmojjaṃ - delight has confidence as a cause

  14. pāmojjūpanisā pīti - rapture has delight as a cause

  15. pītūpanisā passaddhi - tranquillity has rapture as a cause

  16. passaddhūpanisaṃ sukhaṃ - happiness has tranquillity as a cause

  17. sukhūpaniso samādhi - concentration has happiness as a cause

  18. samādhūpanisaṃ yathābhūtañāṇadassanaṃ - knowledge and vision of things as they are has concentration as a cause

  19. yathābhūtañāṇadassanūpanisā nibbidā - disenchantment has knowledge and vision of things as they are as a cause

  20. nibbidūpaniso virāgo - dispassion has disenchantment as a cause

  21. virāgūpanisā vimutti - freedom has dispassion as a cause

  22. vimuttūpanisaṃ khayeñāṇaṃ - knowledge of destruction (of the taints) has freedom as a cause.

-- Upanisa Sutta (SN 12.23)

Balava vipassana refers to nibbida. The lokuttara magga and phala cittas are equated with viraaga and vimutti respectively.

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    Bhante, how does confidence have suffering as a cause? Does it mean the understanding of the 1st noble truth causing Sadda in the 3rd and the 4th noble truths or in the Buddha himself who preached about suffering and the end of suffering? Feb 22, 2015 at 4:58
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    @SankhaKulathantille it causes saddha in the triple gem; suffering shows that the Buddha was right. Without seeing suffering, beings tend to ignore/trivialize the Buddha's teaching. Feb 24, 2015 at 5:13

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