Are you allowed to work or study during uposatha days?

Buddhist ethical conduct including the Five Precepts (Pañcasikkhāpada), and Eightfold Ethical Conduct (Aṭṭhasīla).
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Are you allowed to work or study during uposatha days?

Post by Akashad » Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:46 pm

Hi all,

I am just wondering are you allowed to work or study during uposatha days.I am not familiar with this observance but would like to try it out.Thanks.

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Re: Are you allowed to work or study during uposatha days?

Post by JamesTheGiant » Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:03 pm

Yes, work and study are ok.
The uposatha observance is just the 8 precepts. Plus other traditional extra things like wearing white, meditating, listening to teachings, and visiting a temple.
But the main thing is the 8 precepts.

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Re: Are you allowed to work or study during uposatha days?

Post by JamesTheGiant » Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:00 pm

Akashad wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:46 pm
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I am just wondering are you allowed to work or study during uposatha days.
That's a Jewish observance, isn't it? I've heard Jewish people aren't supposed to even dial a telephone or push a button on the sabbath, since that's counted as work.

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Re: Are you allowed to work or study during uposatha days?

Post by SarathW » Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:20 pm

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Akashad wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:46 pm
Hi all,

I am just wondering are you allowed to work or study during uposatha days.I am not familiar with this observance but would like to try it out.Thanks.
In my opinion, you can't.
It is impossible to follow the eight precepts while you engage with layman duties.
By the way, I have never observed the Uposatha days except once in the school project.
What matters is not the day. (full moon day etc).
Chose a day in the month that you do not have to work such as a public holiday, Saturday or Sunday.
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Re: Are you allowed to work or study during uposatha days?

Post by salayatananirodha » Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:36 am

in my opinion the day matters. the four great kings observe humans on the fifteenth day of the lunar fortnight https://suttacentral.net/an3.37/en/bodhi
definitely it's good to keep the uposatha each time and not just once a month or whenever it's convenient. you gradually have to put your practice ahead of everything if you want to advance down the path.
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an10/an10.046.than.html wrote:On one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Kapilavatthu at the Banyan Park. Then many Sakyan lay followers, it being the Uposatha day, went to the Blessed One. On arrival, having bowed down to him, they sat to one side. As they were sitting there, the Blessed One said to them, "Sakyans, do you observe the eight-factored uposatha?"

"Sometimes we do, lord, and sometimes we don't."

"It's no gain for you, Sakyans. It's ill-gotten, that in this life so endangered by grief, in this life so endangered by death, you sometimes observe the eight-factored uposatha and sometimes don't.
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Re: Are you allowed to work or study during uposatha days?

Post by SarathW » Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:39 am

I believe monks observe eight precepts every day.
When I was young I used to walk to the temple in the moonlight.
I think the full moon day is just convenient to remember and walk at night.
Another point is the consistency.
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Re: Are you allowed to work or study during uposatha days?

Post by BKh » Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:33 pm

SarathW wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:20 pm
In my opinion, you can't.
It is impossible to follow the eight precepts while you engage with layman duties.
It's not impossible at all. This can't be a matter of opinion. It is a matter of fact. Unless your layman duties involve having sex. Then I have to concede it isn't possible. Or if they involve singing, dancing, eating, etc. But most people don't have to do those for work, in which case it is obvious that you can't follow.

An everyday 8 precept practice for lay people is challenging but that is not what the op is asking about.
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Re: Are you allowed to work or study during uposatha days?

Post by SarathW » Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:21 pm

How do you avoid sitting in high chairs?
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