Moreover there are ritual fast days every month that proscribe eating after midday. In the West, this practice is not widely known, but in Asia many lay Buddhists engage in this practice. These dates are the 8, 14, 15, 23, and the last two days of each month according to the lunar calendar. According to the scriptures, if you observe these fast days, you will be reborn in the assembly of the next Buddha, Maitreya, and reach full liberation.
Are these just fast days, or are they days where people should follow the 8 precepts rather than 5? And if it does mean following the 8, how is this precept to be taken when one retires for the night?
I undertake the precept to refrain from lying on a high or luxurious sleeping place.
I understand that this is not a required thing, but I would like to know the particulars of it to see if it could be worked into my practice.