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The Critical Pāli Dictionary Online is a project carried out by the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS) at The University of Copenhagen.

The entries cover the range from "a" to "kāpurisa".

Works by Bhikkhu Anandajoti.

This website has 4 sections:

- Buddhist Texts and Studies;

- Texts and Translations;

- Texts in English Only;

- Prosody: Texts & Studies.

"A History Of Pali Literature" by Bimala Churn Law (London, 1933).

This book, published for the first time in 2 volumes in 1933, has become a classic in Pali studies. It presents an exhaustive picture of the Pali Literature, both canonical and post-canonical, giving summaries of all the Pali books, from the Vinaya Pitaka which specifies the rules of conduct for bhikkhus and bhikkhunis to the Jataka Tales containing popular stories. Here are presented the first Buddhist books in history, which became the scriptures that form the base for the Theravada Buddhism.

Providing a huge amount of information about early Buddhism and about ancient Indian history, this is an invaluable reference book for the scholar as well as for the general reader interested in Buddhism.

See also: Volume 2


An article on the origin of Pali by U Razinda.


Jain sacred books, composed in Ardha-Magadhi language, a close relative of Pali.

This is a forum for anyone with an interest in Pali language and literature, as well as Pali translation works. The oldest Theravada literature is written in Pali. Understanding Pali is like holding the key to the door to the rich contents of Pali Tipitaka. Although a large portion of it has been translated into several languages, it can be appreciated and understood in greater depth when it is studied in its original language.

Abhidhamma tutorials, Pāli tutorials.

The Pali Primer is a publication of the Vipassana Research Institute. It aims to provide an elementary understanding of the Pali language.

See also Pali Primer video lessons by Bhante Suddhāso:

Another edition:

Answer key:

Memory cards:


Online Pāli language courses offered free of charge:

- Introduction to Pāli;

- Exploring the Path - Pāli course.



Systematic index of Tipitaka entries (mostly sutta names) with search feature.