su·​tra | \ ˈsü-trə How to pronounce sutra (audio) \

Definition of sutra

1 : a precept summarizing Vedic teaching also : a collection of these precepts
2 : one of the discourses of the Buddha that constitute the basic text of Buddhist scripture

Examples of sutra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the end, this ragtag band finally acquires the sutra scrolls from a surprisingly worldly-wise Buddha and achieves a kind of sainthood for themselves. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2021 The Daizo sutra is a compilation of Buddhist writings consisting of 5,048 scrolls. Ryozui Ryosen, Harpers Magazine, 5 Jan. 2021 These ties of the five thousand scrolls will unravel in my empty belly; out the Daizo sutra’s words will flow, and settle there inside me. Ryozui Ryosen, Harpers Magazine, 5 Jan. 2021 In Asia, Buddhist monks have been chanting sutras to provide spiritual relief. Brooke Schedneck, The Conversation, 1 Apr. 2020 Then there was Mencius, Mahavira, Laozi and the Buddha — as he is portrayed in both the Pali Canon and the innovative Mahayana sutras, which may be the world’s first fan fiction. Randy Rosenthal, Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2019 Yoon’s work unfolds as a brilliant embodiment of the sutra’s meditation on emptiness. Christopher Knight,, 29 June 2019 The temple generated headlines in recent years for allowing monks to study sutras on iPads and building a robot in the shape of a pint-sized monk able to answer questions about Buddhism. Fox News, 3 Aug. 2018 Soon after the movie opens, he is entrusted to copy a Buddhist sutra (a dialogue or sermon) that can liberate souls stuck in limbo. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sutra

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sutra

Sanskrit sūtra precept, literally, thread; akin to Latin suere to sew — more at sew

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“Sutra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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