What is the Brahma Net Sutra Project?

My practice is closest to the Brahma Net Sutra precepts, but that document was not divinely inspired– it was a document of it’s time and place. To use it effectively today and here requires an active of construction.

Independent practitioners of Buddhism who published the details of their practice have inspired me to start this project.  I admire the idea of a one person “orthodoxy”  But a collaborative website would be handy for getting comments and questions. The task is too big to do it one’s own, but too important to turnover wholesale to some institution or self appointed expert.

So What is this project again?
It’s a person and a mob of similarly minded people who are collaboratively working through an methodology to create a Buddhism. If you are creating a Buddhism, it is necessarily independent. If you are independent, you’re probably not ordained. If you are a lay independent Buddhist, that’s a pretty modern viewpoint. So the assumption is that the methodology entails a lay, independent, modern approach.

Some examples of modern Buddhisms:
– DT Suzuki’s Zen.
– Stephen Batchelor’s Buddhism
– Japanese Critical Buddhism
– The general “mindfulness” movement
– The general “secular Buddhism” movement
– Tom Pepper’s non-Buddhism
– Japanese Critical Buddhism

But the Brahman Net Sutra project isn’t just parroting those projects. It’s a methodology for creating Buddhism in the same ball part as those.

The other Buddhism can be starting points– modernizing Pure Land Buddhism to make it work for a modern lay person sounds difficult to me, but go ahead and try.

Why Another Buddhism Website?

I wanted a place to blog without flooding my main blog with Buddhist specific content, which sadly is a specialty concern in the US, with less than 1% of people self identifying as Buddhist.

Why else? The endless bickering on Buddhist forums on issues like vegetarianism, gun and weapon control, and so on. These seemed like decided issues in Buddhism, the sine qua non. The discussion that would help me is, to use a hypothetical– how do I stay safe while respecting my Buddhist values? How do I prepare a traditional monastery style meal? What did it mean for them?  And not having to wade through a lot of second amendment kettle arguments.

So here is the blog, here it the forum.