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Sojong Puja གསོ་སྦྱོང་།

Sojong Puja གསོ་སྦྱོང་།

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Sojong Puja

The Ritual of Restoration and Purification

As the novice and fully ordained monks and nuns restore their threefold training and purify their impediments through this ritual, it is called the ritual of restoration and purification.

It purifies the morality and dharma, and negates the faults of not performing the restoration and purification ritual.

First: In order to purify the morality, the restoration and purification was taught. Engaging in the restoration and purification ritual, monks and nuns confess and refrain from downfalls and bless the downfalls, and purify their vows or morality.

Second: The purification of dharma refers to the purification of afflictions. Since the monks and nuns perform restoration and purification ritual with the cultivation of virtuous thoughts and remembering impermanence by recalling the past and future downfalls, the afflictions of attachment and anger do not arise.

The third is easy to understand. In short, The Essence of the Ocean of Vinaya says: By guarding those vows, You will achieve a rebirth of a god or a human as a temporary outcome, And the three states of enlightenment as the ultimate outcome, It was thus said. Therefore, the ardent ones always safeguard The vows of the individual liberation with respect and perseverance. Just as it is said, as a result of observing the precepts, temporarily one will obtain a higher rebirth of a god or a human, and ultimately achieve the supreme enlightenment.

Sojong, also known as "Confession and Purification," is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice that is performed on the full moon and new moon days of each month. Some benefits of the Sojong practice include:

Purifying negative actions: Sojong involves confessing and purifying negative actions and harmful behavior that one may have committed in the past, which is said to help reduce the negative effects of those actions and improve one's overall spiritual well-being.
Developing a deeper sense of ethics: The practice of Sojong is said to help one develop a deeper sense of ethics and moral responsibility, which can lead to greater inner peace and happiness.

Improving relationships: By confessing and purifying negative actions, the Sojong practice is said to help improve relationships with others, leading to greater opportunities for success.

Enhancing one's spiritual practice: The practice of Sojong is said to help deepen one's spiritual practice, leading to greater understanding of the nature of the mind and reality.
Increasing Positive Karma: By confessing and purifying negative actions, the Sojong practice is said to increase positive karma and accumulate merit.
It's important to note that the practice of Sojong should be done in conjunction with other spiritual practices such as meditation and the recitation of mantras, and should not be relied upon as the only means of purifying negative actions.

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