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What about autism? as an Aspergian I find myself having many needs and impulses that the historical Buddha may never have encountered. For example I have a greater need for routine an immense impulse to absorb worldly knowledge and the ability to release inner stress through rushing about outdoors engaging with random thoughts. There's involuntary expressions of elation in hand flapping as well. I know my mind works differently to most people's and I'm not sure that conventional Dharma will work for me. To what extent should one twist Dharma to suit their own needs if they have a fundamental cognitive difference.


All sickness is only of the physical body. Buddha Nature is that which uses this body. Through the karmic connections with our parents have we received this body which can see, hear, smell, taste, touch, think. It has the ability to perceive this world. The body is something which we have borrowed, and it can get sick. The body might be sick, yet your original mind cannot be affected by this. Because this true mind cannot be pointed at or named, we borrowed the name Buddha Nature for it. We all have the same mind, which cannot become sick. Believing in this truth, it is possible that we heal our body and mind.


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