Dear venerable monks,
I have been looking for more scriptual expanations of the term
khanika samadhi and the path of sukka vipassana.
Venerable Gunaratana in his book on Jhanas provided some useful tests
but I was wondering if you knew of more.
Here is what he wrote:Venerable gunaratana (sri lanka ) writes:
>>>>the Visuddhimagga clearly admits this possibility [of
attaining nibbana by insight alone]when it distinguishes between
the path arisen in a dry-insight mediator and the path arisen in
one who possesses a jhana but does not use it as a basis for
insight (Vism.666-67; PP.779). Textual evidence that there can
be arahats lacking mundane jhana is provided by the Susima Sutta
(S.ii, 199-23) together with is commentaries. When the monks in
the sutta are asked how they can be arahats without possessing
supernormal powers of the immaterial attainments, they reply:
"We are liberated by wisdom" (pannavimutta kho mayam).
The commentary glosses this reply thus: "We are contemplatives,
dry-insight meditators, liberated by wisdom alone" (Mayam
nijjhanaka sukkhavipassaka pannamatten'eva vimutta ti,
SA.ii,117). The commentary also states that the Buddha gave his
long disquisition on insight in the sutta "to show the arising
of knowledge even without concentration" (vina pi samadhimevam
nanuppattidassanattham, SA.ii,117). The subcommentary
establishes the point by explaining "even without concentration"
to mean "even without concentration previously accomplished
reaching the mark of serenity" (samathalakkhanappattam
purimasiddhamvina pi samadhin ti), adding that this is said in
reference to one who makes insight his vehicle (ST.ii,125).