I don’t know if the proper flair should be a question, request, life advice, or practice. If I use the wrong vocab, please correct me. I can take constructive criticism very well.
Buddhism has given me hope. Hope that I can not only reduce suffering in my life, but ideally others, too.
However, but I’m afraid the 7th one will stop me from doing so.
I undertake to abstain from dancing, singing, music and watching entertainments, and from using enticing beauty aids, i.e. perfume, etc.
I am a trained classical pianist, although I am a hobbyist, not a professional. The piano serves as an excellent positive coping skill to my mental illness. I have been playing since I was 5 and the idea of stopping entirely puts dread in my heart. Practicing scales, arpeggios, and fingering exercises are repetitive, and with the combination of my metronome, I find it peaceful, even meditative.
So does that mean if I do not stop practicing the piano, I cannot take the 8 precepts, and I cannot delve deeper into my practice of Buddhism?
Or can I skip this precept and call it a day?
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