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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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Edward Conze, the great scholar of the perfection of wisdom literature of which the Diamond Sutra is one of the most famous examples, identified occurrences of self-contradiction in no fewer than seventeen of Diamond Sutra's thirty-two short sections or chapters, and he did not even include our first example (Conze 1960, 18-20).
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As she wrote, she felt simultaneously obliged to atone for her "sinful" activity by copying out a Buddhist sutra and offering it to the temple.
If an example is cited under different surras, it is listed multiple times, once for each sutra, because to distinguish the role of the example as an example, counter-example, or incidental example, as indicated in subsequent volumes, depends upon the sutra under which it is cited.
This book catalogs sites of Buddhist sutra engravings in Shandong province, encompassing engraved mountain sites, Buddhist cave temples, and steles.