Discuss the application of the Dharma to situations of social, political, environmental and economic suffering and injustice.
Reading this thread and considering the suffering that Autism might bring someone, it arose spontaneously from my heart out of compassion for those who struggle with this condition, and I posted it with the hope that it may be of benefit to someone now or in the future.
I was born with asperger's syndrome, which ranks somewhere on there in the autism spectrum. I experienced alot of suffering in my adolescent years due to what I now attribute to rail thinking, or a closed off perception and an inability to "think outside the box". Both cognitively and it could be said spiritually. Somewhere along the way I began to consume marijuana and it has helped me tremendously. That and the buddhism path has made me into a somewhat happy person. Just my two cents.
Alright. I guess you could say when I was around the age of 13 I had attached to the complex of materialism, probably grasping (in the wrond direction) for a sense of belonging of happiness. Since I was very young, I think around 6, I had been pumped full of medication, mostly antideppressants and mood stabilizers. When I turned 14, I was a sophomore in highschool, this is when I became so depressed I was constantly sleeping, through no intention of my own, through every class. During this time I was moved into special education and flunked until eventually I couldn't go anymore. During my "dog days" I had several suicide attempts. Until around two years ago when I began to consume cannabis, I think this reupped my seratonin levels, although I was still far from what you could consider happy. Then I found Buddhanet, and read about the eightfold path. that was around sixth months ago. Upon reading the diamond sutra,and looking back, I see a completely different being than I now understand as me now.