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sutra


Of minimal syllabary, unambiguous, pithy, comprehensive,
 non-redundant, and without flaw: who knows the sutra knows it to be thus.
Vayu Purana
  a rule or aphorism in Sanskrit literature

or:  sacred Buddhist scripture that is meant to be concise
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sutra sutras
Notes:
Some schools include only three "baskets" of sutras purporting to present a narrative of a teaching given on a particular occasion by the Buddha or sanctioned explicitly by the Buddha even though they were written years after his death. Other schools include additional texts.
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  • Of minimal syllabary, unambiguous, pithy, comprehensive,
     non-redundant, and without flaw: who knows the sutra knows it to be thus.
    Vayu Purana
  • She recited sutras for hours each day, especially the Diamond Sutra.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • The fact is, if you want to know, I can’t help thinking you’d make a damn site better-adjusted actor if Seymour and I hadn’t thrown in the Upanishads and the Diamond Sutra and Eckhart and all our other old loves with the rest of your recommended home reading when you were small.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • "Uh—name ’cause all?" he said, as if she had asked him to recite the Kama Sutra in the original Sanskrit.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side

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  • She recited sutras for hours each day, especially the Diamond Sutra.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • ’You continue to recite the Diamond Sutra,’ he said.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Once convinced of her purity, they enticed her to visit the afterworld to recite the Diamond Sutra.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Just like her husband, he demanded that she recite the Diamond Sutra.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • I contemplated religious sutras, practiced cleansing rituals, and hoped to renounce the polluting aspects of bed business.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Wife Wang knew she was doomed for sleeping with her husband, but when he tested her knowledge of the Diamond Sutra and found that she could recite it without flaw, he gave her a room of her own so she could remain celibate for the rest of their married life.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
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Associated words [difficulty]:   sutra [7] , nirvana [4] , mandala [8] , satori [8]
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