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Answered 2010-10-25 09:39:37

The sutras are part of the three collections of the Buddha's teachings (Vinaya, Sutra and Abhidharma).

Sutra refers to discourses that the Buddha gave. The sutras primarily relate to the topic of meditation. The Sanskrit word "sūtra" literally means "something that was heard from someone else".

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