English: so- to heal, refresh, restore, nourish; jong- to purify, cleanse
Sojong is a practice of purification and restoration. It forms an important part of every practitioner's practice. Traditionally sojong is performed either as part of one's daily practice or on the 15th and 30th days of the lunar month.
What is purified?
Our broken vows. A lapse in our commitments. Missteps we have taken on the path. Laziness. Our negative thoughts, actions and habits. Our intention.
If we take a moment in our practice to acknowledge our faults, to shine light on our own delusions, we can restore our intention. We can nourish our commitment, refresh our connections, heal ourselves of guilt and self-hatred.
The practice of sojong allows us to take another step. And another. And another.
We keep going. Not because we have to, but because we can.
There are many methods to engage in sojong. Common ones include:
Taking the one-day lay upasaka vow.
Reciting the hundred syllable Vajrasattva mantra.
Saving lives of animals and helping the ill.
Resting in rigpa.