Students Activities in a Day

It is said thus in Vasubhandu’s Abhidharmakosa:

“By abiding in discipline,
Through hearing and concentration,
One perfectly applies them into meditation.”

Students should properly abide in his monastic and Vinaya rules as they engage in years of rigorous study, contemplation, and meditation. Getting up at 5 a.m. in the morning, they attend their morning prayer gathering. Breakfast is served at the prayer. The morning prayer finishes around 7a.m. From 7 a.m. till 9a.m, students memorize their own texts of study or read texts for their debate. From 9a.m until 11a.m. students gather at the debate ground and engage in debate.

In case of sessions when there are no morning prayer or debate, students engage in memorization, reading and contemplation. At 11 a.m. they have their lunch which is followed by a long break to do their own things till 2p.m. From 2 a.m. to 5a.m, students attend teachings, do memorizations and read texts. Dinner starts at 5p.m. and at 6 a.m. they attend their evening debate which lasts until 9 p.m. Students debate over whatever they have studied during the day. From 9 p.m. until 11 p.m. or as late as 1 a.m. students engage in recitation of whatever they have memorized and then read texts before going to bed. Except on holidays and special prayer sessions, they would always follow this routine of study, prayer, debate, recitation and reading.

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