Thanks for the correction. I read it and thought about it and it does seem that this sutta is making a clear statement pointing at contact being associated with ignorance....with its (seemingly) explicit association of the two it seems that there must be some other kind of contact i.e. a kind of contact not associated with ignorance.
I think that MN 121 PTS: M iii 104 Cula-suññata Sutta: The Lesser Discourse on Emptiness talks about this:
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... html#fnt-1
This seems to show that after discerning the qualities of the themeless concentration of awareness that nibanna is attained (release...ending of birth...nothing further for this world)....and of special note is it saying that the only thing remaining is "the six sensory spheres, dependent on this very body with life as its condition"......this not only agrees with your idea that the arahant's five sensory spheres are not arisen from ignorance but it also indicates the dependence and condition from which it does arise. This seems to be pretty solid support for your assertions vis a vis the arising of an arahant's sense media."He discerns that 'This theme-less concentration of awareness is fabricated & mentally fashioned.' And he discerns that 'Whatever is fabricated & mentally fashioned is inconstant & subject to cessation.' For him — thus knowing, thus seeing — the mind is released from the effluent of sensuality, the effluent of becoming, the effluent of ignorance. With release, there is the knowledge, 'Released.' He discerns that 'Birth is ended, the holy life fulfilled, the task done. There is nothing further for this world.'
"He discerns that 'Whatever disturbances that would exist based on the effluent of sensuality... the effluent of becoming... the effluent of ignorance, are not present. And there is only this modicum of disturbance: that connected with the six sensory spheres, dependent on this very body with life as its condition.' He discerns that 'This mode of perception is empty of the effluent of sensuality... becoming... ignorance. And there is just this non-emptiness: that connected with the six sensory spheres, dependent on this very body with life as its condition.' Thus he regards it as empty of whatever is not there. Whatever remains, he discerns as present: 'There is this.' And so this, his entry into emptiness, accords with actuality, is undistorted in meaning, pure — superior & unsurpassed.
But.....it also says "There is nothing further for this world" which I think is important in our particular discussion in which I said:
Since the six sense fields is dependently originated according to text #1 then it seems to follow that the World (as defined in the Loka suttas) and The All (as defined in The All sutta) are also dependently originated....I guess...don't know for sure....
Since the arahant's sense media arise as "nothing further for this world" then they can not be used as an example of something in the world which arises without dependence on ignorance because they are not in the world......or viewed from a different angle the arahant's sense media is not part of the World nor of the All which is where all "things" (dhammas) arise.....so perhaps my assertion still holds.....I guess....don't know for sure....