Edited by George P. Malalasekera, London, 1937-38.

This comprehensive reference covers all proper names one will find in the Pali canon and primary commentaries. It provides sufficient information to place each proper name - physically (or mythicly) for place names, in time and school of thought for individuals. It provides the references to the source material, and etymologies where appropriate.


Presents Pali alphabet, with sound files for all the letters.

This website can help you to deepen your knowledge of Pali.

For instance, if you are searching for all Pali compounds ending with the word "...kamma", you can easily find all these words on one page in this reverse dictionary.

A useful table from the "Grammatik des Pali" by Achim Fachs which allows to find the Ancient Indian correspondences of the Pali words.

An article by Dr Devendra Kumar Jain about the history of Indian languages, including Pali.

On Leigh Brasington’s site, Pali dictionaries in text/data format, for use with Leigh’s own database program. Download the program & dictionary data (instructions on the site).

This dictionary can be quite useful in looking up the meaning of some Pali words, if you know how to find the Sanskrit counterparts of Pali forms. The on-line version of the dictionary is available at .

Buddhist Scriptures Information Retrieval (Mahidol University, Thailand) is a CD-ROM containing the Thai edition of the Pali Tipitaka and Atthakatha (commentaries) in romanized script. Cost: about US$300.

Desktop software for reading Pali Tipitaka.

The Pali Text Reader software is a reader for Pali texts. It provides in depth search (both throughout the tipitaka or single files), a dictionary and an (machine based) automatic Pali - English translator. The Pali Text Reader comes along with a library, containg all Tipitaka books compressed in a zip archive. Thus, you can read, search and study the Buddhist Canon wherever you are - it comes in two flavors: an online edition (3MB) and an extended edition with all resources (Tipitaka) which is approximately 70MB in size.

- based on Dhammapada, with sound files (from Buddhist Digital Library and Museum, Taiwan).

Comprehensive resources: historical developments, manuscripts, calligraphy, classical languages and texts.

This glossary covers many of the Pali words and technical terms that you may come across in the books and on the Internet.

Study of the meanings of Pali words by Michael Olds.

Examples of texts in indigenous scripts, materials on indeclinable particles and Pali grammatical terms.

Revised editions of three, free Pali textbooks, for download as PDFs!
-  Narada’s Textbook     
-  De Silva’s Textbook    
-  Duroiselle’s Textbook

Book by Samanera Bodhesako dedicated to the history and role of Pali suttas.

The Pāli words are spoken by Ven. Mettavihari.

PDF file of book by Charles Duroiselle.