Theravāda Buddhism Web Directory

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.

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).