As a computer scientist you are bringing some baggage with you that will continue to get in the way of what you want to find in the Dharma. I am speaking from the perspective of a computer scientist that spent thirty years looking into the same questions you are asking, ultimately finding the answers in contemplative practice.
While consciousness is ...
That's chi, not wu wei. Wu wei is more of an approach - one that can give rise to feelings of chi, aid in samatha meditation, etc. Using chi is outside the scope of Buddhist practice, although Jwing-Ming Yang mentions its role in Buddhism in many of his qigong books. Personally, I appreciate his effort, but his writings on the subject seem like a bit of a ...
The five aggregates are form, feeling (or sensation), perception, consciousness and mental formations.
These are part of name-and-form, the mentality-materiality or mind-and-body model.
Form is body. The rest are part of "name" or mind, with feeling and mental formations connecting the mind to the body.
Feeling or sensation senses from the six ...
From the dictionary entry on "hasituppāda-citta":
hasituppāda-citta：This term is used in Abh．S．for the citta
，Tab．I，72．This type of consciousness （the Buddha's smile） is often
implied in the suttas.
hasituppāda-citta：lit．'consciousness producing mirth' （smile），is found
in the Abhidhammatthasaṅgaha as a name for the joyful
Please don't assume this to be a linear progression.
“Now we understand the Venerable Sāriputta’s statement thus:
‘Name-and-form, friend Koṭṭhita, is not created by oneself … but
rather, with consciousness as condition, name-and-form comes to be.’
Now we also understand the Venerable Sāriputta’s other statement thus:
‘Consciousness, friend Koṭṭhita, is not ...
avijja is a mental element, has to do with that which is called mind, consciousness or intellect.
that which is called mind, consciousness or intellect arises as one thing and ceases as another and is implicated in contact.
when on has contact come into play, it isn't something that is thought to persist as the consciousness that is in the meeting of the ...
Consciousness here refers to the six senses consciousnesses. Your confusion occurs because your mind wants to view paticcasamuppada within a linear trajectory. It is more accurately described as a mass, hence the various relevant suttas closing with...
"Such is the arising/origination of this entire mass of suffering.”
The Four Noble Truths talk about suffering. That there is suffering, the cause of suffering, the cessation of suffering and the way to end suffering permanently.
It's not about the cycle of rebirth.
Please read this answer to understand what suffering is in Buddhism. It's about discontent and unsatisfactoriness.
Also, please read this answer and this answer ...
“... how exactly is consciousness structured in this model?”
Consciousness has no form or “structure.” It is like “ether.”
“Where does consciousness exist exactly?”
Nowhere, yet everywhere. Whether in a physical shell, or as part of the nameless void, consciousness has no barrier or confine to its existence.
“...but I don't understand how the consciousness ...
Any form of existence after parinirvana is "an inconceivable" in the Buddha's Dharma. This is equally true of Theravada as it is of Mahayana here. The Buddha, "after death," is inconceivable. The Buddha's mind, after death, is inconceivable. The Buddha's mind, before death, is also inconceivable. The Buddha questions Vesālī:
“What do you ...
Could liberation be the realisation of this?
Liberation occurs after reality is observed for the first time without the lense of belief. As you know from the Buddha’s teachings, reality is not what it seems, for we provide many layers of assumptions that prop up the world as we know it. To see clearly through the illusion, we must prove these beliefs to be ...
I wonder if 'Consciousness' is many "Facets Of One Entity" and that in
itself all things from Good to Bad are part of this entity, and from
this the Entity is itself playful, and that all actions (karma's) are
created by itself?
No. There is no ONE entity.
Otherwise, are we in purgatory held by another consciousness?
Consciousness is Anatta. It ...
As i understand it:
Nidassana means that is apparent, eg in the sutta is of a canvas that can be painted as opposed to something not-apparent like space which can not be painted.
Vinnanam a noun consciousness
Consciousness not apparent
I think this is what the text says.
Some people might have a problem with this but these people will likewise ...
Here's one additional point. The other very astute answers have dealt with possible philosophical distinctions between these two. The only point lacking as a difference between these two in the other excellent answers I see is that Yogacara Buddhism is not simply a philosophical take on reality or experience. So, in elaborating the difference between them, ...