I had always assumed ‘vipassana’ was included in the 9th factor of Samma Nana (Right Knowledge) in the 10 fold path. However, after doing some reading yesterday, I came to the conclusion it does not since Right Knowledge appears to be the knowledge that the defilements have been uprooted.
Since I doubt ‘vipassana’ is part of (the ‘forerunner’) Right View, this leaves Right Mindfulness as the factor that includes vipassana, since Right Mindfulness includes a description of (ultimately) seeing the impermanence in the four areas of meditation (satipatthana). However, to me, mindfulness (‘sati’) means ‘remembering’ (rather than ‘seeing’ - ‘anupassi’) & what is primarily remembered is to keep the mind in right view (per MN 117); free from covetousness & distress (per MN 118); or, otherwise, what is remembered is to keep the mind observing (anupassi) the appropriate objects of meditation (per MN 10).
Have I missed something somewhere in not being able to place ‘vipassana’ within the factors of the Buddhist path?
Or is vipassana ‘phala’ (‘fruition’) rather than ‘magga’ (path)?
Any view belonging to one who has come to be like this is his right view. Any resolve, his right resolve. Any effort, his right effort. Any mindfulness, his right mindfulness. Any concentration, his right concentration: just as earlier his actions, speech, & livelihood were already well-purified. Thus for him, having thus developed the noble eightfold path, the four frames of reference go to the culmination of their development. The four right exertions… the four bases of power… the five faculties… the five strengths… the seven factors for Awakening go to the culmination of their development. [And] for him these two qualities occur in tandem: tranquillity (samatha) & insight (vipassana).