Autism and Buddhist Practice: How Buddhism Can Help Autistic Adults Cultivate Wellbeing
Published by: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Imprint: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Sales Date: 2022-12-21
Published: December 2022
Imprint: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Page Count: 208 Pages
Dimensions: 138.00 x 216.00
208 Pages, 138.00 x 216.00 x 18.00 mm
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This series of reflective accounts explores the benefits that Buddhist practice can bring for autistic individuals, and outlines how Dharma teachers, centre directors and meditation group leaders can help ensure sessions are truly autism sensitive.
Including a wide range of international contributors discussing aspects of their autistic experience and the impact of Buddhism on their lives, this is a thought-provoking and often moving portrayal of the intersect between the lived experience of autistic people and spiritual practice.
The deeply personal accounts of the positive impact Buddhist practices have had on relationships, social interactions, sensory overload, mental health and wellbeing, provide an opportunity to find out more about both Buddhism and the support that it can offer to the autistic community through, for example, personal practice, parenting and special educational provision.
1. Louise Woodford: How an encounter with a Buddhist monk started my journey to wellbeing
2. Jessica Woodford: 'Being Peace': Buddhism Through the Eyes of an 11-year-old Autistic Girl
3. Danielle Hall: Calm in the Eye of The Storm: How Buddhism helps with relationships, social interactions, and sensory overload
4. Pete Grella: True Freedom: What Buddhism teaches us about difference and acceptance
5. Sian Atkins: Dharma d'au: Buddhism, autism, and the path to balance
6. Chris Jarrell: The Triple Jewel: How Buddhism helps me manage anxiety in everyday life
7. Dr Pernille Damore: The practical application of the dharma in everyday life
8. Ish Tannahill: Loving-Kindness: How meditating helps me feel better about myself
9. Dr Lian Beijers: The Five Mindfulness Trainings and how they help me to be authentically autistic
10. Lucy Liu: Buddhism and Parenting: How mindfulness of the breath helps me listen to my autistic daughter
11. Dena Rashkover: My classroom is my sangha: Compassion and loving kindness in special needs education
12. Jane Garrett (Prajnanandi): Joining a Sangha: Finding a way to friendship
13. Eleanor Lloyd (Dhiraprabha): The Challenges of Engaging with Sangha: How sanghas can develop more inclusive practice
14. Barry Taylor: Unsocially Social: The benefits of practising online for autistic people
15. Joy Tober: Community and Wellbeing: Everyday life in a Zen Buddhist temple
16. Chris Jarrell: Reflections
Every so often, among the myriad books produced each year on mindfulness, Buddhism, and spirituality in general, you encounter one that stands out as genuinely original... Chris Jarrell has produced a priceless resource for anyone trying to understand the deep connections between identity, cognitive modes, and the way the mind can be re-channelled to move us away from habitual suffering towards freedom Candradasa, author of Buddhism for Teens
Being Autistic in a neurotypical world can be filled with challenge. Autism and Buddhist Practice shares the journeys of people who have found a liberating path in the teachings of the Buddha and meditation practices. The stories speak for themselves and you will find a poignancy and honesty in them that will inspire you Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Change
This wonderful collection of experiences written by autistic people sheds light on neurodivergence with inspiring stories of how Buddhist practice and understanding has directly helped those contributing. Anyone wanting to better understand this condition, and the experience of people with Autism accessing Buddhist communities, teaching and practice will find this a fascinating and moving read. Miso soup for the soul!" Devin Ashwood, Director of the Gaia House Buddhist retreat centre and father to autistic children.