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October 10, 2019

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Our body and the phenomenal world rest on consciousness (vijñāna, lit. in two parts knowing). It is before 'things'. But what does the dyadic consciousness rest on? This is what Siddhartha awakened to who became a Buddha. The Buddha still has consciousness and still sees things. But by transcending consciousness, returning to the original one, he is free of its power to deceive whereas the non-awakened remain bound to samsara.

What I wonder after your article is: if consciousness arose, and we want to go back to this state, does this means the Buddha had no consciousness? Which is a bit strange as he clearly interacted with the world.
Maybe I misunderstood what you said. Could you elaborate please?

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