Here’s a thought provoking article from the FPMT International Mahayana Institute about the monastic confession ceremony known as “sojong” in Tibetan. Bhikshuni Thubten Saldon discusses how the sojong practice can build a sense of community for Western sangha. She describes ways in which several North American sangha have adapted the traditional sojong practice and are keeping alive this important tradition.
Her explanation of the importance and underlying motivation for confession and purification in general apply to lay persons as well.
I encourage both ordained sangha as well as lay persons to read this great article. Please share your thoughts about sojong, or the meaning of confession.
Reference: Sojong as Skillful Means for Building Community, by Bhikshuni Thubten Saldon