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Texts on the theme of Poṣadha or Sojong ('healing and purification') practice:
In this brief text, Patrul Rinpoche elaborates upon the standard text used when adopting the eight-branched one-day vow (bsnyen gnas) of lay householders, or Sojong (gso sbyong) practice, and describes the associated benefits.
- The Concentrated Essence: A Concise Practice of Healing and Purifying (Sojong) the Three Sets of Vows by Dudjom Rinpoche
Dudjom Rinpoche compiled this simple practice of Sojong (healing and purification) related to the three sets of vows—individual liberation (pratimokṣa), bodhisattva and mantra—for the benefit of beginners and those unable to extract the essential points from longer rituals.
- The Blissful Path of Action Tantra: A Ritual for Taking the One-Day Vows of a Lay Practitioner by Jigme Lingpa
A short ritual for taking the eight vows of a lay practitioner (upāsaka/upāsikā) for a single day. As Jigme Lingpa mentions, it is traditionally recommended to take these precepts on the eighth, fifteenth (full moon) and thirtieth (new moon) days of each lunar month.
This liturgy, which is included in the Kriyātantra section of the Tengyur (Toh 2863), consists of verses for taking refuge and generating bodhicitta followed by a brief ritual for taking the eight vows of sojong with the mahāyāna motivation of wishing to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.