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Off-site Resources: Web resources for Pali students

Off-site Resources


Off-site Resources

Web resources for Pali students

Note: I can't vouch for the quality of all the materials offered on the external sites listed here. Some are more useful than others. Use your own best judgment. To report errors or to recommend sites to add to this list, please contact me.

See also Access to Insight's Pali Language Study Aids and ATI's implementation of the SLTP Tipitaka.

The Pali Canon

On-line editions


  • Ancient Buddhist Texts (Ven. Anandajoti Bhikkhu) offers a number of English translations of suttas and Vinaya texts, some line-by-line Pali-English translations (a useful aid to Pali students), and several metrical analyses of Pali and Sanskrit verse forms.
  • Digital Pali Reader (Ven. Yuttadhammo) is an extraordinary and highly recommended cross-platform tool for Pali students of every level. Allows intermediate Pali students to read the Pali Canon. Automatically recognizes Pali words and gives definitions from the CPED and PED, as well as DPPN if available. Includes text search and dictionary lookup.
  • The Pali Tipitaka Project (Vipassana Research Institute, India) contains the Chattha Sangayana (Sixth Council, 1954-1956) edition of the Tipitaka, transcribed from the Myanmar print edition.
  • The Sri Lanka Tripitaka Project (SLTP) (in association with the Journal of Buddhist Ethics) offers a free public-domain edition (ASCII text files, zipped) of the Sri Lanka Buddha Jayanti Tripitaka edition of the Tipitaka and Commentaries (in romanized Pali). Even though this edition hasn't yet been thoroughly proofread, it is already a tremendously valuable resource.
  • Pali Canon Online Database (LaTrobe University, Australia) offers an online searchable version of the SLTP edition of the Pali Canon.
  • SuttaCentral's Online Sutta Correspondence Project enables one to identify the Chinese, Tibetan, and Sanskrit “parallels” or “counterparts” to the suttas of the four main Pali Nikayas — and vice-versa.
  • Thai Tipitaka (Bhodhiyana Meditation Center) offers the Thai Tipitaka (in Thai script).

CD-ROM editions

Pali fonts

  • Gentium is a free Unicode font that is both elegant and pleasantly readable both on-screen and in print.
  • PaliPad (Chew Boon Aik) is a handy Javascript tool that converts Velthuis diacritic text into its Unicode equivalent.
  • Sanskrit Diacritical Fonts for the Macintosh (Columbia University) offers Pierre Robillard's DPalatino, an excellent diacritic font (only for Mac) that has been used for many years by Wisdom Publications in such books as The Long Discourses of The Buddha, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, and The Connected Discourses of the Buddha.
  • Softerviews offers several Unicode fonts suitable for working with Pali.
  • Transliteration and Devanagari Fonts for Sanskrit (Ulrich Stiehl) has an extensive review of available Pali and Sanskrit fonts, including “URW Palladio”, a font custom designed to meet the Buddhist Publication Society's publishing requirements.@

* Alec McAllister's "LeedsBit" shareware fonts are in widespread use on the Internet. Contact its creator for more information.

Pali language dicussion forums

  • The Pali Collective, a Yahoo! group, has some very knowledgeable and helpful members who can help you with your Pali studies. A most valuable resource.
  • 20120517: DELETE? this site isn't working (mysql problems) check again in a couple of months Pali Forum (Alan McClure) is a discussion forum that hosts discussions on topics of interest to Pali students. They are currently engaged in a number of translation and grammatical analysis projects.

Pali language learning resources

  • BuddhaDust (Michael Olds) is a fascinating and often illuminating practical guide through the Buddha's teachings, based on Olds's refreshing translations of the Pali texts.
  • Elementary Pali Course by Ven. Narada Thera is available from several sources:


jtb 20100213: this group is now password-protected and therefore useless to ATI readers. * Pali Language Bulletin Board (Andy Shaw) is a new (2008) discussion forum for students of Pali. The BBS offers full support for Unicode Pali characters.

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