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This site is online Pāḷi Dictionary (Pāli to Chinese, Pāli to English, Pāli to Japanese, Pāli-Vietnamese, Pāli-Burmese).

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Explorations of the key Pāli terms.



The most popular and comprehensive aid for Pali readers and translators is available for on-line use.

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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".

Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines, by Ven. Nyanatiloka. A handy reference for Buddhist terms, Pali and English, with quotes from the original texts.

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.

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.

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 .

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