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1. Hinduism Any of various aphoristic doctrinal summaries produced for memorization generally between 500 and 200 bc and later incorporated into Hindu literature.
2. also sut·ta (so͝ot′ə) Buddhism A scriptural narrative, especially a text traditionally regarded as a discourse of the Buddha.

[Sanskrit sūtram, thread, sutra; see syū- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Hinduism) Hinduism Sanskrit sayings or collections of sayings on Vedic doctrine dating from about 200 ad onwards
2. (Hinduism) (modifier) Hinduism
a. of or relating to the last of the Vedic literary periods, from about 500 to 100 bc: the sutra period.
b. of or relating to the sutras or compilations of sutras of about 200 ad onwards
3. (Buddhism) Buddhism collections of dialogues and discourses of classic Mahayana Buddhism dating from the 2nd to the 6th centuries ad
[C19: from Sanskrit: list of rules]
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(ˈsu trə)

n., pl. -tras.
1. a collection of Hindu aphorisms relating to some aspect of the conduct of life.
2. Pali, sut•ta (ˈsʊt ə) any of the sermons of Buddha.
[1795–1805; < Skt sūtra]
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The Buddha’s words or a guru’s commentary on the Buddha’s words.
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Noun1.sutra - a rule or aphorism in Sanskrit literature or a group of aphoristic doctrinal summaries prepared for memorization
Sanskrit literature - Hindu literature written in Sanskrit
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In recent years, he focus more on the Buddhist sutras writing and he has gradually formed his own unique style through relentless practice.'
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Volume IV deals with the derivation of secondary nominal derivates treated in the second quarter of Bhattojidiksita's Siddhdntakaumudl in the Taddhitadhikara-prakarana (prakaranas 26-41; sutras 1072-2138).
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And, it is the multiple language versions of Karma Sutra(the flagship product of the Hingori Sutras) that were launched today by Mr Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister for Indian Railways.
The Sankhya Karikas then define key levels of subjective experience; selections from the Yoga Sutras show how key levels of experience can be accessed, developed and refined, leading to the ultimate levels of reality, the nature of which and its inherent dynamism are explained in selections taken from Vedanta.
Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Bharati Krishna Tirtha (commonly abbreviated to Bharati Krishna) was a scholar who studied ancient Indian eda texts and between 1911 and 1918 (, n.d.) and wrote a collection of 16 major rules and a number of minor rules which have collectively become known as the sutras of Vedic mathematics.
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Though Morgan focuses on the bhumi mentioned in the Avatamsaka ("Dasabhumika" chapter), Lankavatara, and Surangama Sutras, Reeves contends, "In the Lotus Sutra, it is not, as in some texts, just advanced or seventh stage bodhisattvas who use hoben' (Niwano and Reeves 251).
Wilberg sees this shift in Heidegger's position as wholly congruent with the thinking of the 10th century Indian sage Abhinavagupta in the 'Shiva Sutras' (2) within the non-dual tantric tradition of Kashmir Shaivism.
Moreover, while the Golden Light Sutra of the Four Deva Kings and the Lotus Sutra may have been important to the Nara establishment in the past, Kukai's newly imported Vajraeekhara and Mahavairocana Sutras, as well as the Diamond and Womb world mandalas, illustrated these Yogacara and Tathagatagarbha philosophical texts and elaborated the old radiance and lotus imagery for the new Heian order.