sūtra

From Buddha-Nature
Sanskrit Noun

sūtra

scripture, discourse
सूत्र
མདོ།
佛经

Basic Meaning

Sūtras mainly refer to the discourses delivered by the Buddha and his disciples, and the Sūtra corpus is one of the three main sets of teachings which form the Buddhist canon.

Has the Sense of

Sūtras originally referred to the aphoristic sayings and discourses, although one can find many exegetical and descriptive sūtras. In the Buddhist tradition, sūtras are generally considered to be the words of the Buddha or his immediate disciples, in contrast to the commentarial or synoptic literature, some of which summarized and condensed the teachings in the sūtras.

Term Variations
Key Term sūtra
Topic Variation sūtra
Tibetan མདོ།  ( dho)
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration mdo  ( dho)
Devanagari Sanskrit सूत्र
Romanized Sanskrit sūtra
Chinese 佛经
Chinese Pinyin fújīng
Buddha-nature Site Standard English scripture, discourse
Jeffrey Hopkin's English Term discourse
Ives Waldo's English Term discourse, scripture
Term Information
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning Sūtras mainly refer to the discourses delivered by the Buddha and his disciples, and the Sūtra corpus is one of the three main sets of teachings which form the Buddhist canon.
Has the Sense of Sūtras originally referred to the aphoristic sayings and discourses, although one can find many exegetical and descriptive sūtras. In the Buddhist tradition, sūtras are generally considered to be the words of the Buddha or his immediate disciples, in contrast to the commentarial or synoptic literature, some of which summarized and condensed the teachings in the sūtras.
Term Type Noun
Definitions
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