(A talk delivered by Master Sheng-yen at Tibet House in New York City, on November 5,1994, and edited by Linda Peer and Harry Miller.) The Buddhist scriptures are divided into three categories. The vinaya and sila are moral codes and precepts spoken by the Buddha, the shastras are commentaries on the Buddha's teachings by bodhisattvas and great masters, and the sutras are discourses spoken by the Buddha. Together they make up the Tripitaka. Each kind of scripture has special benefits. more