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    Canon, scripture, sutra


    Could you tell me the differences among canon, scripture, and sutra? I have looked them up via dictionary, but I am not sure I am clear about the definitions.

    It seems to me sutra is associated with Buddhist works, while canon and scripture are connected to Christian works-Holy Bible and other religious works. Am I right?

    Which word is more appropriate for other religious classic works, i.e. Daoist classic works titled Daode Jing? I saw different translations of the book name,the Canon of Daode, Daode Scripture, and Sutra of Daode.

    Many thanks!
    Last edited by cheers100; 08-Jan-2014 at 05:32.

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    Re: Canon, scripture, sutra

    Scripture can be used for any religion: scripture - definition. American English definition of scripture by Macmillan Dictionary (Definition 2). So I can't see any reason for not using it for other works.

    Sutra is associated with Hinduism as well: Collins English Dictionary | Always Free Online

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    Re: Canon, scripture, sutra

    The "canon" is the list of books which are accepted as scripture by Christians. A "canon" is a church law.

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