Theravāda Buddhism Web Directory


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.

The Society was founded in 1881 by T.W. Rhys Davids "to foster and promote the study of Pali texts". It publishes Pali texts in roman characters, translations in English and ancillary works including dictionaries, concordance, books for students of Pali and a journal.

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.