Pali-English dictionary

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The BPS intends to put both its complete collection of Bodhi Leaf and Wheel Series publications on this website. Many of these have already been put on the internet through the Dharmanet and Access to Insight Transcription projects. Moreover, we also intend to put some of our book publications from our BP Series, such as Ven. Ñānamoli’s Path of Purification, and Ven. Narada’s The Buddha and His Teachings.

Please click a link on the sub-menu to the left to visit our libraries of Book Publications, Wheel Publications, Bodhi Leaves, Newsletters, and others.

Displaying Pali and Sanskrit Characters

Our publications are available in the following formats:

  • Plain text HTML. No special characters (except ñ) will be found in these documents.
  • Plain text HTML, in Velthuis format. See the Velthuis page for details.
  • HTML with proper Pali diacriticals. For these, it will be necessary to download and install either a Unicode-compliant font, or a special 8-bit font that contains the diacriticals used in Pali. See the downloads section, below. Note that not all Unicode fonts contain the somewhat rare diacriticals required for Indic languages; it is usually necessary to download and install the fonts provided below.
  • PDF format. Consider these to be printer-ready versions of our on-line library publications. All special fonts are are embedded.

Please visit our fonts page to download the open-source fonts used on this site.

For those interested in learning the Pali Language we have offered two Pali-English dictionaries. The first, written in Microsoft® Access 97, contains both Pali–English and English-Pali entries. The second, called Pali Lookup, uses the Velthuis format to input diacritical characters, but displays the results in the open-source font Times_CSX. (This font will be automatically installed along with Pali Lookup.) Pali Lookup is a Pali-English dictionary only, but includes some useful functions such as providing a word usage count and complete declenation of each noun and adjective.



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