The Brahma Net Sutra,
as the leading Buddhist script, sets forth the precepts to be
observed and abided by the Bodhisattvas in Mahayana Buddhism,
so it is highly valued in China and Japan. As far as the monastic
rules are concerned, there are 10 major and 48 minor precepts
stipulated in this Sutra.
The precepts described
in this Sutra, known as the Precepts of Brahma's Net, are characterized
by there being no distinction between the layman and the ordained
monks, so the Sutra asserted that all Buddhist practitioners should
observe the same rules.