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Nuns performing Ngakso Puja. Nagi Gompa, Pharping.
Nuns performing Ngakso Puja. Nagi Gompa, Pharping.

from Ngakso Puja text, by Chokyur Lingpa

To mend violated samayas is mending, and to apologize and perform the cleansing is purification. There are, indeed, the general ways of mending and apology, but they should be embraced by oral instructions. So, if you simply put this profound oral instruction into practice, uniting the meaning of the tantras and statements (lung), it will become a special mantric-mending purification…

…When the root and branch samayas have been damaged, regardless of whether this is noticable or not, this leads to nothing but heedlessly damaging all the subtle aspects of samaya. Consequently, to exert oneself in this tantric mending and purification is a heart-treasure for all yogis.

from Teachings on Ngakso Drubchen, by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

The drubchen we are engaged in now is called Ngakso or Ngak kyi Sojong, which means Vajrayana Mending and Purification. In the title Ngakyi Sojong, the word so means mending, reviving, restoring or increasing merit. Basically it is a Vajrayana practice of mending and purification, though it also includes mending and purification practices in accordance with all four vehicles: namely, the Hinayana (consisting of the two vehicles of shravaka and pratyekabuddha), the Mahayana, and the Vajrayana systems.

What we are mending are the pratimoksha precepts (the vows of individual liberation), in accordance with the Hinayana system, the bodhisattva trainings, in accordance with the Mahayana system, and the samaya commitments, in accordance with the Vajrayana system. This practice restores these commitments.

The word jong means purification. What we purify are breaches of our Hinayana vows, faults in our Mahayana training, and violations of our Vajrayana samayas.

The main focus of the practice is that the world around us, whatever appears and exists, is a celestial palace, while the male and female sentient beings are all dakas and dakinis. All sounds are mantra, and all thoughts and emotions are pure wisdom. This is the key point of this drubchen, the great accomplishment: pure sights, sounds and awareness. This means whatever we see with our eyes is the pure form of the deity. Whatever we hear with our ears is the sound of mantra. And whatever we think, all our thoughts and mental activity, is actually the enlightened vajra mind, the self-existing wisdom. This is what to keep in mind.

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