→Later sutras (Mahayana)
The Mahayana sutras differ from the ''early sutras'' as follows:
* The Mahayana sutras are based on the ''early sutras'', but they did not appear until several hudred years after the early sutras were recorded
* The Mahayana sutras accept the validity of the ''early sutras'', but they assert that the earlier texts present a limited point of view, and that the Mahayana sutras present the higher point of view for beings of superior capacity.
The Mahayana texts were originally written in Sanskrit and then translated into the Chinese and Tibetan languages. They are accepted as the ''word of the Buddha'' by: