The former, also called the Sutras (Sanskrit) or Suttas (Pali), are held to be, literally or metaphorically, the actual words of the Buddha.
The latter are the various commentaries on canonical texts and other treatises on the Dharma, as well as collections of quotations, histories, grammars, etc.
However, it should be borne in mind that many divisions are arbitrary, and some texts fall between categories, or can be associated with more than one category.
These are, in some way or other, texts associated with Gautama, the historical Buddha.
discourses), vinaya (relating to the rules of monastic discipline), and abhidharma (analytical texts).
Both the sutras and the vinaya of every Buddhist school contain a huge variety of documents including discourses on the Dharma, commentaries on other teachings, cosmological and cosmogonical texts, stories of the Buddha's previous lives, and various lists.
The Theravada and other Nikaya schools believe, more or less literally, that these texts contain the actual words of the Buddha.
Different schools, however, are not always in agreement about which texts are canonical, and the various recensions of the Buddhist Canon contain widely varying numbers and types of texts.
Broadly speaking, the texts come in three types: sutras (i.e.
Discussions, Sharing and Enquiries to the truths (Dharma) of Wisdom, Bliss, Enlightenment and Liberation... Moderated by: simpo_, Aik TC, sinweiy, An Eternal Now, Thusness.
Buddhists place varying value on them: attitudes range from worship of the text itself, to dismissal of some texts as falsification of the ineffable truth.