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Urgent question

Postby Stephen K » Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:47 am

I am currently observing Uposatha (for the first time!). However I have plans to go to the gym later today (in fact, in a couple of hours). I know it is not explicitly mentioned in the eight precepts, but — just to be sure — is sport (or any exercise at all) forbidden on uposatha days? Thanks.
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Re: Urgent question

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:50 am

Hi Stefan,

Sadhu! I have heard a bhikkhu (can't remember who now, sorry) mention that sport would be prohibited although I don't think exercise would fall under that category. You would be doing it to promote your health not as a form of diversion I presume so I would imagine this would be fine. I would try asking Ven Pesala if h's around but I think you're good. Anumodana on your observance. Sukhi hotu!

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Re: Urgent question

Postby Stephen K » Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:52 am

Thank you very much, Mike!
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Re: Urgent question

Postby Individual » Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:55 am

With exercise, it also makes a difference: Are you exercising for health (losing weight, etc.) or for the sake of vanity (body-building)?
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Re: Urgent question

Postby Stephen K » Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:56 am

Individual wrote:With exercise, it also makes a difference: Are you exercising for health (losing weight, etc.) or for the sake of vanity (body-building)?


The former. :smile:
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Re: Urgent question

Postby Rui Sousa » Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:12 pm

Exercise, not sports, is a recent activity, one century ago you would either be poor and work hard or be rich and have enough time to dedicate to sports.

I think exercise is important if you spend, as I do, over 10 hours a day sitting in front of a computer.

Competitive sports, in the other hand, can be a sort of intoxication (obsession) that could easily be an obstacle to the practice.

This said, I have no idea if it is acceptable or not while observing Uposatha.
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Re: Urgent question

Postby Stephen K » Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:14 pm

Just got back from the gym... there was music there though... hope that didn't break the 7th precept, did it?
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Re: Urgent question

Postby Individual » Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:16 pm

Stefan wrote:Just got back from the gym... there was music there though... hope that didn't break the 7th precept, did it?

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Re: Urgent question

Postby Stephen K » Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:19 pm

Individual wrote:
Stefan wrote:Just got back from the gym... there was music there though... hope that didn't break the 7th precept, did it?

If it wasn't yours

It wasn't. :smile:
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Re: Urgent question

Postby phil » Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:03 am

Stefan wrote:
Individual wrote:
Stefan wrote:Just got back from the gym... there was music there though... hope that didn't break the 7th precept, did it?

If it wasn't yours

It wasn't. :smile:


If it was "Welcome to the Jungle" you broke all 8 precepts. :lol:

I'm just off to the gym now. Alas, there is a lot of body vanity involved in it for me.... :embarassed:

BTW, congrats for following the eight precepts, well done! I have never done that - yet.
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Re: Urgent question

Postby Annapurna » Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:48 am

7.

I undertake the precept to refrain from dancing, singing, music, going to see entertainments, wearing garlands, using perfumes, and beautifying the body with cosmetics.


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