Jan 14: New Year Refuge and Precept Ceremony Jan 14: New Year Refuge and Precept Ceremony Posted November 20, 2023 With Gil Fronsdal Sunday, January 14, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. At IMC, in person “Going for Refuge” and “Committing to the Precepts” are the two primary Buddhist rituals. These mark the start of residential insight retreats and initiate almost every other Buddhist ceremony. Everyone is invited to come to the January 14 ceremony, beginning the new year with a clear intention to have refuge and precepts be an integral part of one’s life for 2024. Gil will offer a short Dharma talk on refuge and precepts. A red refuge cord will be distributed to everyone which we will tie around each other’s wrists as a symbol of taking refuge and committing to the precepts for oneself and for the sangha. Gil will lead the formal chanting of the refuges and precepts. As part of the ceremony, please bring a single, long-stemmed flower to offer at the IMC altar. People curious about the ceremony but not interested in participating are welcome to be present to watch. The 10:00 a.m. Dharma talk that day will also be on the theme of going to refuge to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.