It is great to see the support and inspiring stories
However, the area of mental health/illness is highly complex, and detailed discussion of symptoms etc is beyond the scope of this forum Even though I made the first response, I didn’t make any definitive proclamations, but rather a general observance about individual differences and a means of checking ‘fit’. I offer this perspective given that my professional background is in this area, Mental Health and Recovery and Rehabilitation.
To speculate about an individuals capacity for success, is not helpful . It is NOT a simple area.
Making assumptions about a ‘diagnosis’ is also unhelpful, and may actually cause harm. ‘Symptoms lists’ only operate as ‘clusters’ and have immense individual variance. Add to that the highly contested nature of Aspergers within the DSM 6 and there is very little one can be certain of (remember homosexuality was an uncontested part of DSM from its first publication until only a few decades ago).
There are 2 parts to this question
- Are there any rules that prevent someone diagnosed with Aspergers from ordaining? Bhante @sujato
- What are the implications of doing so?
I have answered the second part
There is No absolute answer to this question - it is wholly dependent on a wide range of interacting conditions. And the only people who know are the person with the condition and, if they are under professional care, then in conjunction with their treating practitioner. And even this changes over time It is definitely worth investigating and exploring, and is best approached just as as any other major lifestyle change.
I hope that the process of investigating and getting to know more about Buddhist monastic life brings much benefit
May all beings be free of suffering