A sutra is a literary rule or aphorism, or a collection of them. Sanskrit literature includes many collections of sutras.

The literary meaning of the word sutra is a bit different from the way Buddhists and Jains define it. In Buddhism, sutras are like scriptures, containing the teachings of the Buddha. Similarly, in Jainism, sutras are the sermons of a spiritual teacher. In Sanskrit, sutra means "thread," and traditional ancient literary sutras attempted to weave knowledge, threadlike, around and into their few simple words or syllables.

Definitions of sutra

n a rule or aphorism in Sanskrit literature or a group of aphoristic doctrinal summaries prepared for memorization

Type of:
Sanskrit literature
Hindu literature written in Sanskrit

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