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Some Mahayana texts are also thought to display a distinctly tantric character, particularly some of the shorter Perfection of Wisdom Sutras.
An early tantra, the Mahavairocana Abhisambodhi Tantra, is also known as the Mahavairocana Sutra.
Sometimes texts that are considered commentaries by some are regarded by others as Buddhavacana.
Within Buddhavacana, there is a chronological difference between the early Buddhist texts (e.g.
The Milinda Pañha or Questions of Milinda, sometimes included in the Pali Canon and perhaps regarded by some as Buddhavacana, is a popular condensation of the Dharma in the form of a dialogue between the Buddhist sage Nāgasena and the Indo-Greek King Menander.
The treatise Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana (attributed by the faithful to Aśvaghoşa) strongly influenced east Asian Mahayana doctrine and inspired numerous commentaries authored by early Chinese and Korean Buddhist teachers.
Many later Chinese scriptures were explicitly not of Indian origin, but have been widely accepted as valid sutras (經) on their own merits by Chinese and East Asian Buddhists of the Mahayana (大乘) tradition.
Recently an important archaeological discovery was made, consisting of the earliest known Buddhist manuscripts, recovered from the ancient civilization of Gandhara in north central Pakistan (near Taxila just south west of the capital Islamabad).
Important examples of non-canonical texts are the Visuddhimagga, or Path of Purification, by Buddhaghosa, which is a compendium of Theravada teachings that include quotes from the Pali Canon.
Different schools, however, are not always in agreement about which texts are Buddhavacana, and the various collections of Buddhist literature contain widely varying numbers and types of texts.
According to most early schools of Buddhism, the texts come in three types: Together these three make up what is known in Sanskrit as the Tripitaka and in Pali as the Tipitaka.
Some Pali texts also contain ideas that later became synonymous with the Mahayana.
The Garbhāvakrānti Sūtra is included in both the Vinaya Pitaka of the Mulasarvastivada, one of the early schools, and the Ratnakuta, a standard collection of Mahayana sutras.
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The division of texts into the traditional three yanas may obscure the process of development that went on, and there is some overlap in the traditional classifications.