You are mistaken, but that's okay. This is why we have teachers and rely on others to help us understand.Artziebetter1 wrote: ↑Thu Oct 08, 2020 7:57 pmYes it does seem very contradictory.from what I understand a Buddha has no awareness at all the way I mean it and he acts based on past merit and action like a robot.thats just what I fear and have read.I could be wrong.PadmaVonSamba wrote: ↑Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:50 pm From the point of understanding of ordinary beings,
Perfect awareness, and extinction of “consciousness” (as we experience it) appear as contradictory.
Two totally different things.
This seems to be your reoccurring dilemma.
But for a Buddha, this is not a contradiction at all.
You might even say that buddhahood itself is
the resolving of this apparent conflict
(both sides of which are samsaric concepts).
According to the Vajrayana Teachings
Buddha is a manifestation of (the) Dharmakaya,
You might say, the ultimate big truth of everything.
If a buddha had no awareness we would be nihilists, not buddhists.
Buddha's have direct perception of yeshe/jnana, which is the natural condition of all beings. Buddha's are not limited in any way and are completely aware. They dont have any karma or merit to act upon since they have exhausted all traces of defilement.