Points of Controversy

20.6. Of Insight

Controverted Point: That insight into the twelve-fold base is spiritual.

Theravādin: Do you mean that there are twelve kinds of insight? You deny. I ask again. You admit. Then are there twelve First or Stream-winning Paths? or Fruits thereof? Or twelve of any of the other Paths or Fruits?…

Pubbaseliyas: But was it not said by the Exalted One:

“(A.i.) That this Ariyan Truth concerning Suffering, O bhikkhus, was not among the doctrines handed down, but there arose in me the vision, there arose in me the insight (ñāṇa), there arose in me the wisdom, there arose in me the understanding, there arose in me the light; (ii.) that this Ariyan fact of Suffering must be comprehended; (iii.) that it was comprehended; (B.i.) that this was the Ariyan Truth concerning the Cause of Suffering; (ii.) that the Cause of Suffering was to be put away. (iii.) was put away; (C.i.) that this was the Ariyan Truth concerning the Cessation of Suffering; (ii.) that this Cessation was to be realized; (iii.) had been realized; (D.i.) that this was the Ariyan Truth concerning the Path going to the Cessation of Suffering; (ii.) that that Path was to be developed; (iii.) that it had been developed.”

Hence surely the insight based on these twelve parts is spiritual.