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The Brahma’s Net Sutra
111pp. October 2017
The Brahma's Net Sutra
Translator: Muller, A. Charles; Tanaka, Kenneth K.;
The Brahmā’s Net Sutra plays an important niche role in the development of East Asian Mahayana Buddhism. It is the primary extant Vinaya text that articulates the precepts from a Mahayana perspective. That is, it takes its main audience to be “bodhisattva practitioners,” mainly householders who remain engaged with society rather than becoming renunciant monks or nuns.

The Vinayas, and especially the discourse in this sutra, show monastic and lay Buddhist practitioners engaged at every level of society, from top to bottom. Buddhist practitioners were involved in military affairs, political intrigues, matchmaking, and every other sort of “mundane” social activity. The Vinaya texts reveal how the Buddhist community in its time judged and dealt with such matters.
Translator: Muller, A. Charles; Tanaka, Kenneth K.;
A. Charles Muller is professor in the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology at the University of Tokyo. His main work lies in the fields of Korean Buddhism, East Asian Yogācāra, East Asian classical lexicography, and online scholarly resource development.

Kenneth K. Tanaka
is a professor of Buddhism at Musashino University in Tokyo, Japan, and is an ordained Jodo Shinshu priest. His work includes books and articles in the fields of Pure Land Buddhism and the development of Buddhism in the United States.