The Autistic Buddha

Despite doing badly at school, his natural talent for memorising details and his extraordinary ability to master foreign languages lands him a place at university. But this is not a habitat in which he thrives.

Author: Thomas Clements


ISBN: 1909320587

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 212

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@page { margin: 2cm } p { margin-bottom: 0.21cm } a:link { color: #0000ff } Thomas Clements has always been an outsider, preferring to fantasise about the exotic East and lose himself amongst the chaotic sights, sounds and smells of London’s Chinatown rather than face the reality of his existence in Western suburbia. Despite doing badly at school, his natural talent for memorising details and his extraordinary ability to master foreign languages lands him a place at university. But this is not a habitat in which he thrives. Following a stint in a psychiatric ward while on his year abroad in Germany, he secretly drops out from his studies, and from life. When his parents receive an invitation to Clement’s graduation ceremony, where they will discover their son has lied all along and has not attained a degree after all, he does what he always does. He hatches a plan to run away, rather than face reality. This time to a job teaching English in rural China, where he can hide from everyone and everything. But wherever Clements runs, things go from bad to worse: the teaching isn’t what he thought it would be, modern China is not as romantic as he had imagined, people he counts on as friends ultimately move on, and his first encounter with a girl leaves him questioning his identity as a man. It doesn’t matter where Clements tries to hide in the world, his anxiety and depression always get the better of him. Now he finally realises he has nowhere in the world to run, will Clements find a way to gain inner peace before he self-destructs? The Autistic Buddha is a stunning tale of the author’s extraordinary outer and inner journeys to make sense of the world – his world – which is at the same time bravely honest, despairing and inspiring.

The Buddha and the Baby

Perhaps this allowed him to drop his autistic barrier for a moment. I was thinking
of a good combined object inside you, the two parents in a constructive
intercourse, the moon and the sun being together in a creative and lively way and
he was ...

Author: Maria Pozzi Monzo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429920245

Category: Psychology

Page: 336

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These dialogues with child, adolescent and adult psychotherapists and child psychiatrists focus on their personal as well as professional experiences. All the contributors have a long-standing practice of Buddhism or other forms of meditation. The relevance of this to their clinical work with infants, children, adolescents, families and adults is described. Buddhist principles such as suffering, impermanence, non-attachment, no-self and the Four Noble Truths influence the contributors' practice of psychotherapy with children and with the child in the adult. Similarities and differences between the two traditions of Buddhism and psychotherapy are highlighted in these dialogues, which are embedded in deep, personal and transforming experiences that are shared by the authors.

The Buddha the Bike the Couch and the Circle

And sure, you develop symptoms, but they're all manifestations of anxiety and
confusion. (Pointing to Elizabeth) The fellow I called you about for the DBT group.
.. Well, he's diagnosed with Asperger's/Autism. He manifests everything that goes

Author: Michael M. Dow

Publisher: University Professors Press

ISBN: 1939686563

Category: Psychology

Page: 344

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From the tenements of the Bronx to the Southern California Desert and the hills of Berkeley, back to the Manhattan world of psychoanalysis, and finally landing in the foothills of Boulder, the journey of Bob Unger has traveled through changing times, landscapes and roles. As psychoanalyst, teacher and mentor, he has helped launch thousands of clients and students on their own voyages. As a father, son, husband, and friend he has helped to build communities and groups of interconnection and aliveness spanning decades. This is a moving collection that captures the complexity of the full range of human feelings. In addition to the brilliance and humor familiar to all who know Bob, there are countless clinical gems here, as well as real life wisdom about relationships, parenting, marriage, and personal and professional growth. This book brings together over one hundred anecdotes, teaching stories and essays on every conceivable aspect of the clinical and human experience, a detailed interview about Bob’s life and work, and a reprinting of some of his essential writings. A festschrift is a tribute to a scholar or person of eminence who has contributed much to his field and communities. This book is testament to the transformative power of Buddhism, cycling, psychoanalysis, and group psychotherapy when practiced with discipline and love.

The Autistic Brothers

So we have here a tale of two brothers, one intellectually highly capable, the other able to achieve, in conventional terms, very little without help. The book compares and contrasts what they each make of life.

Author: Thomas Clements


ISBN: 9781729289389


Page: 128

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Close contact with an autistic person fills some with a fear derived from not understanding. How will I cope with unfamiliar, perhaps unpredictable behaviour? The world Thomas Clements describes can bridge that chasm for the curious outsider looking in. Those who are themselves on the autistic spectrum will find here the reassurance of company in what they face, as will their families and friends. People familiar with his first book, "The Autistic Buddha", already know of Thomas's internal struggles to make sense of himself and the world he encounters - and they have seen his intellectual prowess in action. This further exploration opens a broader window on his disturbing pilgrimage through life, introducing his brother Jack, himself significantly disabled by his own autism. So we have here a tale of two brothers, one intellectually highly capable, the other able to achieve, in conventional terms, very little without help. The book compares and contrasts what they each make of life. How do their ordinary days differ when it comes to what are typically simple issues like food, clothing, family, friends, physical contact with strangers, entertainment, sport, talking with others, routines and order, the noise of life, animals...? And critically, which of these brothers has the happier life? We are not spared the pain they encounter, whether the internal anguish with which they each must battle, or the potential for external attacks from bullies. The writer's overwhelming tone is one of affection for Jack - and for the parents who have had a torrid journey with their two boys, sometimes trying beyond endurance, but laced together also with sparkles of joy and laughter. A lucid, accessible book, written with palpable love, poignantly illustrated with Jack's artwork.

Soul Afflicted

Like Ariel, Eliezer and the autistic, Buddha-quoting Zechariah, whose savantine
insight perhaps saved Ariel from the desert. Nathan began the Q&A before they
exited the airport. “First time to Hawaii?' “Yes.” “Why you come? Vacation?” “Not a

Author: George Hayward


ISBN: 1257107305

Category: Fiction

Page: 255

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That little voice in your head ...your conscience. We all hear it, in our own ways. It's been portrayed as an angel in one ear and a devil in the other, but it's really all in your head. Isn't it? Ariel Parisi leads a carefree, charmed life...until a random act of charity reveals those angels and devils and sends him in search of hope. SOUL AFFLICTED is a godless man's journey, following the voices in his head and signs from God, seeking the angel who'll save him from the sins afflicting him. But is Ariel afflicted, or has he lost his grip on reality as his charmed life falls to pieces? This book explores spirituality through fiction, traveling from Colorado through the deserts of the American Southwest, to L.A. and on to Hawaii. It weaves basic tenets of western religions and Buddhism with elements of mystery and the paranormal. It doesn't preach or espouse any religion, only one man's questions about faith.

Buddhism and Psychotherapy Across Cultures

In contrast to the contemporary Buddhist teacher who tried to meet the parents of
the autistic child at their point of need but failed to address the deeper level of
religious understanding, the Buddha saw in Kisa Gotami's immediate plight the ...

Author: Mark Unno

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861715071

Category: Philosophy

Page: 372

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As Buddhism and psychotherapy have grown and diversified in Asia and the West, so too has the literature dealing with their intersection. In this collection of essays, leading voices explore many surprising connections between psychotherapy and Buddhism. Contributors include Jack Engler on "Promises and Perils of the Spiritual Path," Taitetsu Unno on "Naikan Therapy and Shin Buddhism," and Anne Carolyn Klein on "Psychology, the Sacred, and Energetic Sensing."

Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory

Only the autistic is independent. A Helen Keller needs communication with others
to gain access to the wealth of her own spirit. A Messiah needs people looking for
a Messiah. Even a criminal monomaniac, a Hitler or an Idi Amin, requires ...

Author: Joanna Macy

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791406366

Category: Philosophy

Page: 236

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This book brings important new dimensions to the interface between contemporary Western science and ancient Eastern wisdom. Here for the first time the concepts and insights of general systems theory are presented in tandem with those of the Buddha. Remarkable convergences appear between core Buddhist teachings and the systems view of reality, arising in our century from biology and extending into the social and cognitive sciences. Giving a cogent introduction to both bodies of thought, and a fresh interpretation of the Buddha's core teaching of dependent co-arising, this book shows how their common perspective on causality can inform our lives. The interdependence of all beings provides the context for clarifying both the role of meditative practice and guidelines for effective action on behalf of the common good.

Asperger s Syndrome and Mindfulness

This book takes the reader through the key beliefs of Theravada Buddhism, such as Mindfulness and the Four Noble Truths, showing how practices such as Insight Meditation can lead to a positive resolution of these feelings.

Author: Chris Mitchell

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781846428883

Category: Psychology

Page: 144

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Understanding who you are can be a lonely and difficult process following the diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome (AS). Asperger's Syndrome and Mindfulness illuminates this experience as an empowering path of discovery through the teachings of Buddhism. Chris Mitchell draws parallels between the experience of his own journey towards personhood through AS and the spiritual tenants of Theravada Buddhism, as outlined through the Eightfold Path, a guideline to personal development. Worry and anxiety, confusing desires or negative thoughts are among the everyday hindrances a person with AS faces. This book takes the reader through the key beliefs of Theravada Buddhism, such as Mindfulness and the Four Noble Truths, showing how practices such as Insight Meditation can lead to a positive resolution of these feelings. Talking openly about his own personal experiences, Chris Mitchell provides helpful tips and suggestions for improving confidence and self-esteem towards an overall better sense of self that will be of interest to anyone diagnosed with AS or their family and friends.

The Life Or Legend of Guadama the Buddha of the Burmese

Tho e statues are invariably made after a certain pattern belonging to the
antiquity , and to an epoch when the art was yet in its very infaucy : they are , iu
au autistic point of view , the worst , rudest an , coarsest attempts at statuary , I
have ever ...

Author: Paul Ambroise Bigandet



Category: Buddhism

Page: 538

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Autism and Spirituality

Psyche, Self and Spirit in People on the Autism Spectrum Olga Bogdashina.
Schneider (writing about Gautama Buddha): came to a conclusion that was, if
nothing else, quite logical. One only needs so much in order to live; everything
else is ...

Author: Olga Bogdashina

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 085700591X

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

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Olga Bogdashina argues persuasively that, contrary to popular belief, spirituality plays a vital role in the lives of many people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Drawing on interdisciplinary research from fields as diverse as psychology, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, neuroscience and religion, as well as first-hand experiences of people on the spectrum, she shows how people with ASD experience their inner worlds and sense of self, and how this shapes the spiritual dimension of their lives and vice versa. She presents a coherent framework for understanding the routes of spiritual development and 'spiritual giftedness' within this group, offering insights that will inform understanding of how to support and nurture spiritual wellbeing in people with ASDs. This book gives a voice to both verbal and non-verbal individuals on the autism spectrum whose spiritual experiences, though often unconventional, are meaningful and profound. It is essential reading for all those interested in the spiritual wellbeing of this group, including pastoral carers and counsellors, ministers of religion, spiritual leaders, parents and carers and individuals on the autism spectrum.

The Buddha in Your Mirror

Practical Buddhism and the Search for Self Woody Hochswender, Greg Martin,
Ted Morino. and haven't you chosen to stay at the company throughout this
period? You didn't make your boss a bad one. It's not your fault that the boss is

Author: Woody Hochswender

Publisher: Middleway Press

ISBN: 1938252012

Category: Self-Help

Page: 248

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While the notion that “happiness can found within oneself” has recently become popular, Buddhism has taught for thousands of years that every person is a Buddha, or enlightened being, and has the potential for true and lasting happiness. Through real-life examples, the authors explain how adopting this outlook has positive effects on one’s health, relationships, and career, and gives new insights into world environmental concerns, peace issues, and other major social problems.

Living Buddha Zen

How can one distinguish between an autistic child and a hidden sage such as
Buddhamitra ? Each case is karmically different . Our Roshi Keizan warns : “ Do
not assume that either speech or silence has anything to do with the freedom of ...

Author: Lex Hixon

Publisher: Larson Publication


Category: Religion

Page: 253

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This is Lex's final book, meticulously polished to his satisfaction in the months before his passing on. It is a modern re-creation (not translation) -- in language that is fresh and alive -- of the important Japanese classic, 'Denkoroku: The Record of Transmitting the Light'. The format follows that of the root text: koan, commentary, and concluding poem for each moment of sudden full illumination. Lex and his Zen mentor Roshi Bernard Tetsugen Glassman contemplated together and discussed each transmission from Sakyamuni Buddha through master to chosen successor for 52 generations. 'Living Buddha Zen' is Lex's passionate re-expression of the great classic, carrying his vision of how the same light is circulating in the today's world.

Buddha Heart Parenting

Enrich Your Family with Buddhist Wisdom and Compassion C. L. Claridge ...
Behaviour modification , though , can achieve results , where other methods have
failed , for example with children who are intellectually impaired or autistic .

Author: C. L. Claridge



Category: Parenting

Page: 230

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Offers insights into how to integrate Buddhist philosophy with contemporary psychology to arrive at a method of parenting that is both effective and enables family members to realise the true Buddha nature. This book helps in bringing Buddhism into our life at a practical level.

Schools and Religions

For example , although aspects of autism can be understood as barriers to
learning , the need for and comfort in ritual is ... Similarly , those with behavioural
difficulties are more likely to understand , say , the Buddhist story of Angulimala ,
the ...

Author: Julian Stern

Publisher: Continuum


Category: Education

Page: 209

View: 157

The link between schools and religions is an area of lively debate. Looking at two challenges of the 21st century - social inclusion and globalization, this book analyses the role that religion can play in fostering communities in schools and its implications for social, cultural and other developments in both national and international contexts.

The New Yorker

Christopher Gillberg , one of the sense of agency or intention , might for thing ,
not Buddha or Jesus , maybe somefinest clinical observers of autism , feels
mulate such matters as divine judgment thing like order out of disorder . I like to
that ...

Author: Harold Wallace Ross



Category: Literature


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Mayito, as enigmatic as a Buddha (and just as bald), pushed in a two and six at
his near end. ... Nobody had touched that two at the other end, except the autistic
boy, whose index finger slid it into place when it seemed like it wanted to float ...

Author: Achy Obejas

Publisher: Akashic Books

ISBN: 1936070138

Category: Fiction

Page: 250

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A true believer is faced with a choice between love for his family and the Cuban Revolution. "Daring, tough, and deeply compassionate, Achy Obejas's Ruins is a breathtaker. Obejas writes like an angel, which is to say: gloriously . . . one of the Cuba's most important writers." —Junot Diaz, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction "In the Havana of Ruins, scarcity can only be fought with ingenuity, and the characters work very hard at the exquisite art of getting by. The plot rests on the schemes of its weary, obsessive, dreamy hero—a character so brilliantly drawn that he can't be dismissed or forgotten. A tender and wildly accurate portrait, in a gem of a novel." —Joan Silber, author of The Size of the World "Obejas evinces a new, focused lyricism as she penetrates to the very heart of the Cuban paradox in a story as pared down and intense as its narrator's life." —Booklist (*starred review*) "Compassionate and intriguing . . . Obejas plays out [the book's] conflicts in measured, simple prose, allowing her descriptions of the mundane—houses, food, dominoes—to illuminate a setting filled with heartbreak, confusion and decay . . . At her best, Obejas controls the mixture of humor and pathos that suffuse this poor community." —Los Angeles Times "Ruins is a beautifully written novel, a moving testament to the human spirit of an unlikely hero who remains unbroken even as the world collapses around him . . . A fine literary achievement, it's Achy Obejas at her very best." —El Paso Times "[A] superb novel . . . Highly recommended." —Library Journal "[An] honest and superbly written book." —Miami Herald "With the deft and evocative detail of a poet's, Obejas's prose is as illuminating and honest as her struggling protagonist." —Publishers Weekly Usnavy has always been a true believer. When the Cuban Revolution triumphed in 1959, he was just a young man and eagerly signed on for all of its promises. But as the years have passed, the sacrifices have outweighed the glories and he's become increasingly isolated in his revolutionary zeal. His friends openly mock him, his wife dreams of owning a car totally outside their reach, and his beloved fourteen-year-old daughter haunts the coast of Havana, staring north. In the summer of 1994, a few years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the government allows Cubans to leave at will and on whatever will float. More than 100,000 flee—including Usnavy's best friend. Things seem to brighten when he stumbles across what may or may not be a priceless Tiffany lamp that reveals a lost family secret and fuels his long repressed feelings . . . But now Usnavy is faced with a choice between love for his family and the Revolution that has shaped his entire life. Achy Obejas is the author of various books, including the award-winning novel Days of Awe and the best-selling poetry chapbook This Is What Happened in Our Other Life. She is the editor of Akashic's critically acclaimed crime-fiction anthology Havana Noir, and the translator (into Spanish) for Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Currently, she is the Sor Juana Writer in Residence at DePaul University in Chicago. She was born in Havana and continues to spend extended time there.

The Zen Connection

Zen thinking is a product of Buddhist Missionary efforts in China , meeting with
the obtuse thinking patterns of the Chinese , or ... We could say if world is illusion
, as pure Buddhism implies , that Buddhism would be a form of autistic behavior .

Author: Rosemary Dubpernell Smith



Category: Zen Buddhism

Page: 88

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The S ka Gakkai News

My daughter's illness offered me a chance to study autism , and I am now a
counseller for the Association of Parents with ... Buddhism for the Today Mr.
Yasuji Kirimura , chief instructor of Soka Gakkai's Study Department , calls
Buddhism a ...

Author: Sōka Gakkai





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New Scientist

OPINION LETTERS Autism controversy assume that “ autistic traits " are we
would be wise to think ahead survive . ... charged and sensitive surrounding a
fetus and autistic Caroline Williams reassures us that Flanagan includes Buddha
in his ...




Category: Science


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Vajra Bodhi Sea

In Buddhism , we are taught to be compassionate , kind , joyful , and generous ;
but whether these wholesome virtues are ... more people are studying the
Buddhadharma ; however , quite a number of them become either arrogant or
autistic .




Category: Buddhism


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