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    Zen and the neuro-diverse brain

    Can anyone direct me to a thread where folks who live with ASD/ADHD or both like me have discussed their practice and specifically the challenges associated with how they manage the less amazing aspects. I'm sure that I'm not the only one who has found Zazen to be amazing in helping to regulate or calm them but what about those times where we go from 0-100 in a second without the ability to pause long enough to start sitting?
    If there has by some miracle not been a discussion on this I guess I've just started one.

    To clarify my relationship with Zazen, it is in its overall infancy. I've been sitting with dedication for about 7 or 8 months and am one of those annoying folk who say "sit Zazen and if that doesn't work sit Zazen" because for the most part this is what I do because it works... for me. My overall Buddhist knowledge though is pretty average at best I'm afraid. Anyhoo...

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    Hi Anna, I have one of those “special brains” as well. It makes Zazen and the ritualistic forms of Zen both very difficult and supremely beneficial. I don’t think I would have been able to follow this path without Jundo and the flexibility of Treeleaf; although I do sit formally daily, the time of day and length of my sit vary greatly and I do a lot of insta-Zazen. The discipline and effort involved, in turn, are of benefit in infinite ways to myself and those around me.

    I would imagine traditional Zen centers would inadvertently scare away many of us... I almost cut my pinky off in the kitchen my first day at the Monastery... but they were patient with my scatterbrained ways and so I kept going back. If I lived there, I probably would always be the one doing clumsy things, forgetting stuff, sleeping through the bell etc. but here at Treeleaf I can learn at my own pace and in my own way.
    Plus the forum gives the advantage of a much more controlled social platform so there’s much less pressure on anyone “on the spectrum “ socially.

    These things have been discussed here before, not sure if they have their own thread though... now they do!
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    Thanks for your reply Jakuden.
    Insta-Zazen YES! I am very much an adherent to that but as you may well understand, 'catching' the moment so we can go to Insta-Zazen is the real challenge, not to mention the huge layers of guilt we pile onto ourselves after a 'meltdown'.
    N.B. For those playing at home a meltdown is the moment literally everything becomes so incredibly overwhelming that we can lash out in ways that aren't that amazing or completely shut down. We can hurt ourselves and others which leaves us exhausted and full of guilt. I ain't purdy.

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    Hi Anna!

    I am also one of those individuals with a "special brain". I am ASD/Aspergers, and was diagnosed as a child and now at 30 years old I have had a couple of decades of "figuring it out". I have found the "routine" that my practice gives has helped to give a really solid foundation for the rest of my day. I am definitely a creature of habit and when my day gets a little too chaotic it really helps to have my practice to fall back on as it really gives a sense of stability. For me it is really important to start my day off with formal practice as it sets the tone for the rest of the day.

    Thanks for starting this thread! It will be nice to chat with others on the spectrum and explore how our practice relates to our experiences!

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    Hi Anna,

    To sit zazen even when you are most distracted or simply you don't feel like sitting, is most beneficial. Most of the times we tend to let our minds run wild with no discipline or containment, and boy does the mind hates to sit quietly!

    So we sit and practice form and ceremony. For some of us it's super hard even more so if we have some particular condition. I have come to sit whenever I feel like I am feeling aversion. And within the first 10 minutes, the aversion goes away.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Gassho,

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    Hi Anna,

    I'm another one, and I've written recently about my experience elsewhere here. My being overwhelmed tends to go into shutdown mode where I isolate and go silent for a bit, followed by brief periods of light social interaction. I try to self-regulate but in times of high stress I can really go deep into my shell for a while.

    I also have a daily practice, but intense anxiety about attending an in-person sangha again. I am unable to sit still, stay quiet or not fidget. My face does what it wants to, and health problems make it more interesting. With Treeleaf none of that matters. I can sit and be with and bother no one. All the labels and differences drop, and we're all just human beings sitting.

    The side effect is I find myself impulsively bowing to most people I meet and work with. Most appreciate this sign of respect, but my family often says, "oh, mom's bowing again...." but they never stop me.

    Feel free to msg me if you want to talk about things. Sometimes I may take a while to answer, but eventually I respond. It's not easy but I have found zazen to be good for a lot of what I deal with. And TreeLeaf has been the best place for me, even when I am silent -- I fit here.

    Thank you for posting, Anna. We need all voices.

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    Hi Anna,

    I've struggled with similar circumstances for years. Age has helped and, for me, medicine. Zazen used to feel like trying to wrestle an octopus. I lurk about the forum quite a bit, but I'm always happy to talk. You are welcome to drop me a line if you wish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junkyo View Post
    Hi Anna!

    I am also one of those individuals with a "special brain". I am ASD/Aspergers, and was diagnosed as a child and now at 30 years old I have had a couple of decades of "figuring it out". I have found the "routine" that my practice gives has helped to give a really solid foundation for the rest of my day. I am definitely a creature of habit and when my day gets a little too chaotic it really helps to have my practice to fall back on as it really gives a sense of stability. For me it is really important to start my day off with formal practice as it sets the tone for the rest of the day.

    Thanks for starting this thread! It will be nice to chat with others on the spectrum and explore how our practice relates to our experiences!

    Gassho,

    Junkyo
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    Thank you Junkyo.
    I have only in the last few days started my day with Zazen in order to set a good foundation for the rest of the day. I'll keep you posted as to how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyonin View Post
    Hi Anna,

    To sit zazen even when you are most distracted or simply you don't feel like sitting, is most beneficial. Most of the times we tend to let our minds run wild with no discipline or containment, and boy does the mind hates to sit quietly!

    So we sit and practice form and ceremony. For some of us it's super hard even more so if we have some particular condition. I have come to sit whenever I feel like I am feeling aversion. And within the first 10 minutes, the aversion goes away.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Gassho,

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    Thanks for your reply Kyonin.
    Yes, Zazen as literally been transformative. And yes, to quiet my mind seems to take around 10 minutes before quality Zazen practice can occur. The challenge remains to essentially catch the moment before a 'meltdown' so that Zazen can be undertaken. I'm hoping that overall discipline in practice will help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allwhowander View Post
    Hi Anna,

    I'm another one, and I've written recently about my experience elsewhere here. My being overwhelmed tends to go into shutdown mode where I isolate and go silent for a bit, followed by brief periods of light social interaction. I try to self-regulate but in times of high stress I can really go deep into my shell for a while.

    I also have a daily practice, but intense anxiety about attending an in-person sangha again. I am unable to sit still, stay quiet or not fidget. My face does what it wants to, and health problems make it more interesting. With Treeleaf none of that matters. I can sit and be with and bother no one. All the labels and differences drop, and we're all just human beings sitting.

    The side effect is I find myself impulsively bowing to most people I meet and work with. Most appreciate this sign of respect, but my family often says, "oh, mom's bowing again...." but they never stop me.

    Feel free to msg me if you want to talk about things. Sometimes I may take a while to answer, but eventually I respond. It's not easy but I have found zazen to be good for a lot of what I deal with. And TreeLeaf has been the best place for me, even when I am silent -- I fit here.

    Thank you for posting, Anna. We need all voices.

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    Thank you for making me smile with "mom's bowing again" haha.
    Thank you too for the offer to message you. Treeleaf really is a haven of goodness isn't it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shujin View Post
    Hi Anna,

    I've struggled with similar circumstances for years. Age has helped and, for me, medicine. Zazen used to feel like trying to wrestle an octopus. I lurk about the forum quite a bit, but I'm always happy to talk. You are welcome to drop me a line if you wish.

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    Thanks for your kind offer Shujin.
    At 47 and with help from a multitude of medications I am able to function at a reasonable level. Life eh... I thought I would have it sorted by now haha.

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    Hello,

    I struggle with a neurotypical brain too being an abuse survivor I struggle with PTSD . Noises during practice really bother me at times but recently I read a book called The Monkey is the Messenger it has helped me a lot with accepting whatever anxiety I have as a part of my Zazen . I understand that the psychology of Shikantanza doesn't interest some here but I think it is fascinating and some Zen teachers especially Joan Halifax have done a lot of work around it that I think give aids to help .

    here is a series of Dharma Talks at this link from Upaya on Trauma,Stress Loss and Happiness they may help you as they have me:

    https://www.upaya.org/2011/09/zen-brain-aug-2011-series-trauma-stress-loss-and-happiness-all-10-parts/

    Here is a link to The Monkey is the Messenger at Amazon:

    https://www.amazon.com/Monkey-Messen...s%2C310&sr=1-1

    Hope these help you with your neurotypical brain as they have me.

    Gassho,

    Karl

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    Quote Originally Posted by karlmalachut View Post
    Hello,

    I struggle with a neurotypical brain too being an abuse survivor I struggle with PTSD . Noises during practice really bother me at times but recently I read a book called The Monkey is the Messenger it has helped me a lot with accepting whatever anxiety I have as a part of my Zazen . I understand that the psychology of Shikantanza doesn't interest some here but I think it is fascinating and some Zen teachers especially Joan Halifax have done a lot of work around it that I think give aids to help .

    here is a series of Dharma Talks at this link from Upaya on Trauma,Stress Loss and Happiness they may help you as they have me:

    https://www.upaya.org/2011/09/zen-brain-aug-2011-series-trauma-stress-loss-and-happiness-all-10-parts/

    Here is a link to The Monkey is the Messenger at Amazon:

    https://www.amazon.com/Monkey-Messen...s%2C310&sr=1-1

    Hope these help you with your neurotypical brain as they have me.

    Gassho,

    Karl

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    Thanks for sharing Karl and thank you for the links and book recommendation.
    At the moment I'm battling my way through Nishijima's translation of the Shobogenzo. Once I've read it a few times (with all the translation notes and other notes it's pretty heavy going - for me) I'll be in a better place to position to read The Monkey is the Messenger.
    *shakes head in disbelief* Who knew that there is so much Buddhist and Dharma related material to read out there?!

    Be kind to yourself Karl and thank you again.

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    Please join us in our "No Words" bookclub where we will begin Okumura Roshi's wonderful introduction to Shobogenzo "Realizing Genjo Koan", in about a week. Please join us.

    Shobogenzo is a bit tricky without some understanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anna View Post
    I'm sure that I'm not the only one who has found Zazen to be amazing in helping to regulate or calm them but what about those times where we go from 0-100 in a second without the ability to pause long enough to start sitting?
    I'm no teacher, but in my experience it is ok to lose control sometimes, since losing control means we never had the control to control the controlling in the first place! In my past struggles with physical anxiety, panic attacks are quite sudden, and I can't sit zazen during a panic attack-- it makes it worse for me. I would just go through the motions and routines that I would take to get back to normal. Zen practice helped me in the long run to kind of prevent it over time-- not stop it in the middle. It has been almost a decade work-in-progress. Some years are a step back, especially if there has been some trauma. When it comes up now I kind of just tell it that I've seen it before and that I know what it's up to, and that it can stay if it wants, but I won't retreat like I used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Please join us in our "No Words" bookclub where we will begin Okumura Roshi's wonderful introduction to Shobogenzo "Realizing Genjo Koan", in about a week. Please join us.

    Shobogenzo is a bit tricky without some understanding.

    Gassho, J

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    Thank you Jundo
    I will try to keep an eye out for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geika View Post
    I'm no teacher, but in my experience it is ok to lose control sometimes, since losing control means we never had the control to control the controlling in the first place! In my past struggles with physical anxiety, panic attacks are quite sudden, and I can't sit zazen during a panic attack-- it makes it worse for me. I would just go through the motions and routines that I would take to get back to normal. Zen practice helped me in the long run to kind of prevent it over time-- not stop it in the middle. It has been almost a decade work-in-progress. Some years are a step back, especially if there has been some trauma. When it comes up now I kind of just tell it that I've seen it before and that I know what it's up to, and that it can stay if it wants, but I won't retreat like I used to.

    Gassho, sat today lah
    Thank you for your insights and sharing your experiences.
    I am trying to stick to a regime of sitting Zazen first thing in the morning as I agree it helps set things up for the day. So far it has indeed helped me get into a mindset where doing Zazen amidst chaos is becoming easier. In time I'm hoping to improve further but as you say losing control is ok too.

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    Not Autism related but for those of us with ADHD or have loved ones with brains that are not neuro-typical this site is brilliant.
    My partner gets their emails and occasionally sends them on to me. This works for me because I get reassurance that (a) I'm different NOT defective and (b) I am reminded that she loves me and does her best to be accepting and understanding - even when the less than brilliant aspects rear their head.

    https://www.additudemag.com/slidesho...-need-support/

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    Yes, my daughter has ADHD, and autism tends to have trouble with poor executive functioning. Now, people told me this for years without ever explaining what it meant. Until I found Cynthia Kim's book "Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate" which I now call the user's manual to my brain.

    Poor executive functioning means that a normal task for some people -- following a recipe, managing projects, planning events -- can be an exercise in frustration and confusion for a person with autism. Also, auditory processing is another big one, understanding verbal information can take us longer to process. We're not stupid, we just process differently.

    ADHD and autism share certain characteristics, even though they are different. So my daughter and I share tips, experiences, and frustrations also. She knows she won't be judged, and she shares ideas with me that she finds helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allwhowander View Post
    Yes, my daughter has ADHD, and autism tends to have trouble with poor executive functioning. Now, people told me this for years without ever explaining what it meant. Until I found Cynthia Kim's book "Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate" which I now call the user's manual to my brain.

    Poor executive functioning means that a normal task for some people -- following a recipe, managing projects, planning events -- can be an exercise in frustration and confusion for a person with autism. Also, auditory processing is another big one, understanding verbal information can take us longer to process. We're not stupid, we just process differently.

    ADHD and autism share certain characteristics, even though they are different. So my daughter and I share tips, experiences, and frustrations also. She knows she won't be judged, and she shares ideas with me that she finds helpful.

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    That's brilliant Kim.
    My partner IMHO has gone above and beyond to learn about how my brain is wired. For the most part this has actually helped our relationship in that she is more understanding and accepts that I am not trying to make her life difficult sometimes.
    Getting diagnosed later in life - i was forty something IIRC has had its challenges and I regularly struggle with self-acceptance but hey, life eh...
    One of the interesting things is that my best mate who i have been friends with my whole life looks back and he too is now able to explain a myriad of not so positive things i have done over the years. Looking back through my life has also helped him with his own child who has recently been diagnosed ASD.
    Thanks for sharing yours and your daughters experience Kim.

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    People started labeling me with stupid acronyms when I was six, but I try not to identify with any of it; I'm a human being; not a DSM IV diagnosis. Due to my executive functioning issues, my mate does most of the adulting, which I know can be very hard on her. On the other hand, she's a hyperverbal triple-shot-espresso extrovert, which can sometimes be very hard on me. My tendency is to shutdown, sometimes rather abruptly (like yesterday); you can almost hear the circuit breakers in my head flipping off. Sound is one of my coal-mine canaries; oversensitivity to loud noise is a signal that my coping skills are a quart low. That's probably why I liked brick-and-mortar Zen centers so much, with their ample opportunities for complete silence. My sitting is non-regulation, on sort of a sliding scale from counting the breath, to following the breath, to shikantaza, and back again, depending upon how disordered, discordant, discursive, and demented my mental state at the moment. Sometimes the best that I can do is to simply sit quietly in the desolation of the smoking ruins. I find great comfort in ritual, and opportunities for quietude and solitude outdoors; practicing a blend of Thich Nhat Hanh's kin hanh and shinrin yoku. I suck at relationships (even on-line ones like this), and said suckage rises and falls like waves along with all the other sequelae. Sometimes I'm simply too deep to make it to the surface.
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    Hi Emmet;

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I've always felt you and I are close to being on the same track. it's when you start feeling OK about finding strange objects in the frig or clothes dryer that life becomes comfortable. Right now I spend much of my time and energy helping my partner cope with aging issues. And, who determines that life should be any other way? Thanks again for your teachings and encouragement.

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    Hi all,

    Sorry to resurrect but I wanted to update .... I think I mentioned previously that I was going through an in-depth evaluation and diagnostic process for autism.

    Well, I spoke with the neuropsychologist today for the results. He has given the diagnosis of autism spectrum and will authorize treatment to begin for social skills (interactive, not drugs).

    I just informed my husband, who is happy about this, as he knows how much I struggle to communicate and how often I am misunderstood. He helped fill out the evaluation papers for my initial assessment and was the first to openly say this is who I am and this is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allwhowander View Post
    Hi all,

    Sorry to resurrect but I wanted to update .... I think I mentioned previously that I was going through an in-depth evaluation and diagnostic process for autism.

    Well, I spoke with the neuropsychologist today for the results. He has given the diagnosis of autism spectrum and will authorize treatment to begin for social skills (interactive, not drugs).

    I just informed my husband, who is happy about this, as he knows how much I struggle to communicate and how often I am misunderstood. He helped fill out the evaluation papers for my initial assessment and was the first to openly say this is who I am and this is good.

    Gassho
    Kim
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    Hi Kim! Welcome to the team! Congratulations on getting your diagnosis!

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    Quote Originally Posted by allwhowander View Post
    Hi all,

    Sorry to resurrect but I wanted to update .... I think I mentioned previously that I was going through an in-depth evaluation and diagnostic process for autism.

    Well, I spoke with the neuropsychologist today for the results. He has given the diagnosis of autism spectrum and will authorize treatment to begin for social skills (interactive, not drugs).

    I just informed my husband, who is happy about this, as he knows how much I struggle to communicate and how often I am misunderstood. He helped fill out the evaluation papers for my initial assessment and was the first to openly say this is who I am and this is good.

    Gassho
    Kim
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    I live in Tsukuba, Science City, home to Japan's Space Program, dozens of think tanks and research labs, and a few Noble Prize winners. I work with profoundly autistic kids as a volunteer, and thus know a couple of researchers on autism (I have no expertise myself).

    I have been told that a disproportionately high percentage of the population of Tsukuba is somewhere on the mild side of the autism sprectrum (Aspergers) because a very high percentage of gifted researchers and scientists and other like smart people tend to be. My impression from living here is that it may be so. However, I am not a doctor in any way and probably should not say.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/life-s...-a6719956.html

    A friend who is "on the spectrum" told me that things have come very far, and there are many ways that people with Aspergers and the like can learn many good "tricks" to compensate for some inability to "read the feeling in the room" and emote. I would not notice he was autistic unless he had told me.

    Gassho, J

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    Quote Originally Posted by allwhowander View Post
    Hi all,

    Sorry to resurrect but I wanted to update .... I think I mentioned previously that I was going through an in-depth evaluation and diagnostic process for autism.

    Well, I spoke with the neuropsychologist today for the results. He has given the diagnosis of autism spectrum and will authorize treatment to begin for social skills (interactive, not drugs).

    I just informed my husband, who is happy about this, as he knows how much I struggle to communicate and how often I am misunderstood. He helped fill out the evaluation papers for my initial assessment and was the first to openly say this is who I am and this is good.

    Gassho
    Kim
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    Quote Originally Posted by allwhowander View Post
    Hi all,

    Sorry to resurrect but I wanted to update .... I think I mentioned previously that I was going through an in-depth evaluation and diagnostic process for autism.

    Well, I spoke with the neuropsychologist today for the results. He has given the diagnosis of autism spectrum and will authorize treatment to begin for social skills (interactive, not drugs).

    I just informed my husband, who is happy about this, as he knows how much I struggle to communicate and how often I am misunderstood. He helped fill out the evaluation papers for my initial assessment and was the first to openly say this is who I am and this is good.

    Gassho
    Kim
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    Brilliant news Kim. Congratulations on the diagnosis. I found being diagnosed ASD with ADHD to be liberating for the most part but I'm still a wee bit too hyper-vigilant about how I'm coming across to others. I wasn't prescribed meds for ASD but take Ritalin for ADHD. Personally I don't like taking Ritalin but my partner would prefer I keep taking it as it takes the less than awesome 'edge' off of my personality and helps me be a lot less reactive (i.e. aggressive) when confronted with challenges. For the ASD I see a Psychiatrist every 8 weeks and she helps me negotiate life in a less destructive way.
    I'm genuinely stoked for your diagnosis Kim.
    Sending positive vibes to you and your family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    I live in Tsukuba, Science City, home to Japan's Space Program, dozens of think tanks and research labs, and a few Noble Prize winners. I work with profoundly autistic kids as a volunteer, and thus know a couple of researchers on autism (I have no expertise myself).

    I have been told that a disproportionately high percentage of the population of Tsukuba is somewhere on the mild side of the autism sprectrum (Aspergers) because a very high percentage of gifted researchers and scientists and other like smart people tend to be. My impression from living here is that it may be so. However, I am not a doctor in any way and probably should not say.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/life-s...-a6719956.html

    A friend who is "on the spectrum" told me that things have come very far, and there are many ways that people with Aspergers and the like can learn many good "tricks" to compensate for some inability to "read the feeling in the room" and emote. I would not notice he was autistic unless he had told me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    I live in Tsukuba, Science City, home to Japan's Space Program, dozens of think tanks and research labs, and a few Noble Prize winners. I work with profoundly autistic kids as a volunteer, and thus know a couple of researchers on autism (I have no expertise myself).

    I have been told that a disproportionately high percentage of the population of Tsukuba is somewhere on the mild side of the autism sprectrum (Aspergers) because a very high percentage of gifted researchers and scientists and other like smart people tend to be. My impression from living here is that it may be so. However, I am not a doctor in any way and probably should not say.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/life-s...-a6719956.html

    A friend who is "on the spectrum" told me that things have come very far, and there are many ways that people with Aspergers and the like can learn many good "tricks" to compensate for some inability to "read the feeling in the room" and emote. I would not notice he was autistic unless he had told me.

    Gassho, J

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    Re: tricks...
    I know that myself and many ASD folks tend to be very good a mimicking things. I can't stand crowds and don't enjoy socialising in groups so I became very good at effectively playing the role of being social. Maybe that's why I'm really good with reading between the lines in people's communication, because I am fully engaged in what people write or say rather than just hearing or reading words.
    I wonder Jundo if people with ASD find it easier to apply Zen focus on everyday tasks beyond sitting Zazen because personally I find it much easier to give my full attention to everyday life tasks than to sitting Zazen. Then again that may be just because I'm distracted from pain when doing things.

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    Thank you, everyone, for the support. Jundo, the programs in Japan sound wonderful. I'm devoted to science as well.



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