Sutra

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Sutra [Skt.] (Tib. do; mdo) The Sanskrit literally means ‘something that was heard from someone else’ and usually connotes ‘a discourse’.

  • It refers to the discourses that the Buddha gave.
  • ‘Sutra’, as distinct from ‘tantra’. The entire teachings of the Buddha can be distinguished as either sutra or tantra.
  • One of the three collections of the Buddha’s teachings: Vinaya, Sutra and Abhidharma. Here, the Sutras are related primarily to meditation, and are said to be the remedy for the poison of anger and aggression.