“So” means “to restore”; “jong” means “to purify.” As the name suggests, sojong practice has two complementary purposes: First, it allows us to mend our broken vows and it refreshes all that is positive— that is, everything that helps us develop “bodhichitta” (“loving-kindness and compassion”). Second, it helps us clear away our negative karmic propensities – specifically, those patterns of ignorance and dysfunction that undermine our development of bodhichitta.

The Medicine Buddha practice can benefit practitioners in healing—physically, mentally, and spiritually. Ultimately, it can empower practitioners to reach enlightenment.