smokey wrote:Does knowledge gained with vipassana meditation arise spontaneously?
My dictionary defines spontaneous as "occurring without external cause or incitement". This doesn't seem to fit, for the arising of insight depends upon encountering the Buddha's teaching (among other things).
Another definition given is "involuntary, not due to conscious volition". In this sense insight might be called spontaneous, for it cannot arise at any time when one is trying to make it arise.
It seems logical to me that it does, because it is not that knowledge that comes from concluding or thinking.
Insight knowledge doesn't come from these alone
, but nor will it arise if we haven't done any concluding or thinking. Developing vipassana depends upon our first having developed understanding at the level of hearing (sutamaya) and thinking (cintamaya).