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Uposatha Questions

Buddhist ethical conduct including the Five Precepts (Pañcasikkhāpada), and Eightfold Ethical Conduct (Aṭṭhasīla).
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Uposatha Questions

Postby PsychedelicSunSet » Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:57 pm

I'm considering observing Uposatha days in an effort to improve my practice, however I have some questions.

1. I'm a college student, and if the Uposatha day falls on a weekday, I'll be going to classes which involves sitting in chairs. Is this a breach of the 8th precept?

2. Do the clothes you wear matter? Typically I just wear something along the lines of khakis, with a flannel or sweater depending on the weather, and while I meditate or lounge about the house I wear a dashiki with thai fisherman pants for comfort. Would these be acceptable to wear on an Uposatha day?

3. I use soap and deodorant every day, and shampoo every other day, and occasionally put something in my hair so as to stop it from turning into an afro. Which of these (or all) break the 7th precept?

4. I live with three other people who all listen to music and watch tv and the like. If I'm around while they do these things, is that a breaching of the 7th precept?

5. Is reading Sutta, listening to Dhamma talks, or reading other Dhamma related things (ie this site) a breaching of the 7th precept?

6. How important are chanting, prostrations, and formally taking refuge on this day (and every day for that matter)?

7. For the 8th precept, do I sleep on the floor the night before, the night of, or both?

8. I've seen people talk about eating certain things after midday, what is this about?

9. While at school there aren't any Wat's nearby for me to go to. What should I do about this?

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Re: Uposatha Questions

Postby appicchato » Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:06 am

Hi there...

1-5...no...(3...none)...

6...if it helps your practice, fine...if not, not so much...

7...no...

8...keep it simple, make lunch the last meal that day...

9...nothing...meditate, contemplate, read, etc. wherever you find yourself...

Be good...

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Re: Uposatha Questions

Postby PsychedelicSunSet » Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:18 am

Appicchato,

Thank you for replying.

In regards to my 7th questions, an answer of no doesn't really make sense to me as I posed 3 options. If you could clarify it would be much appreciated.


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Re: Uposatha Questions

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Re: Uposatha Questions

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Re: Uposatha Questions

Postby PsychedelicSunSet » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:30 pm

Faraway,

Thank you very much for your reply. I'm interning at a company where high end microphones are made. There is a good chance that I'll be required to listen to music, and analyze it as a part of my duties. Should I request I be put on duties where I will spend my time building equipment as opposed to testing it? Or should I just refrain from enjoying the music/observe my mind as I listen?



Appicchato,

I've suffered from insomnia for as long as I can remember and sleep equally as poorly everywhere, so I do enjoy sleeping on a bed as much as the floor. :D


Thank you both for your replies. I look forward to adhering to the rules on the next Uposatha day. (This Friday, October 4th.)

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Re: Uposatha Questions

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Re: Uposatha Questions

Postby greenjuice » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:33 am

This Q&A about Uposatha observance is quite comprehensive: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... ha.html#qa


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