Okay, thanks Manapa! Phew. So...Since I didn't take the Eight Precepts, is it okay to watch tv and sleep in bed tonight...or not? Anyway...
but don't worry about the details to much, reflect on the precepts and ask questions if you are unsure. I live by the eight all the time but it is impractical for me to eat before noon as most days I cook for my mother when she gets home or it is when I am given the food.
reflection on the four requisites
Wisely reflecting, I use the robe: only to ward off cold, to ward off heat, to ward off the touch of flies, mosquitoes, wind, burning and creeping things, only for the sake of modesty.
Wisely reflecting, I use almsfood: not for fun, not for pleasure, not for fattening, not for beautification, only for the maintenance and nourishment of this body, for keeping it healthy, for helping with the Holy Life; thinking thus, ‘I will allay hunger without overeating, so that I may continue to live blamelessly and at ease.’
Wisely reflecting, I use the lodging: only to ward off cold, to ward off heat, to ward off the touch of flies, mosquitoes, wind, burning and creeping things, only to remove the danger from weather, and for living in seclusion.
Wisely reflecting, I use supports for the sick and medicinal requisites: only to ward off painful feelings that have arisen, for the maximum freedom from disease.
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