(1) As in Hinduism, a term meaning sacred text. (2) The Sutra Pitaka is one of the three divisions of the tripitaka. It contains the words and teachings of Buddha himself. (3) The Sutras are the foundational texts for Mahayana Buddhism, which differentiate Mahayana from Theravada Buddhism. Two important Sutras are the Heart Sutra and the Lotus Sutra.