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?