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Pali Dictionaries

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:21 am

Greetings,

A couple of handy references, for anyone interested in looking up the meaning of certain Pali words!

For me, the first port of call is usually...

Buddhist Dictionary - Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines, by Nyanatiloka
http://www.palikanon.com/english/wtb/dic_idx.html

... and if I'm still in doubt or need more precision on the term, I turn to...

The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
http://dsal.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/pali/

Does anyone else have any dictionaries, especially on-line ones, that they find useful?

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Re: Pali Dictionaries

Postby appicchato » Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:20 am

Here's one for starters Paul...I've got more, just have to find them... ;)

http://www.dicts.info/dictionary.php?l1 ... rch=Search

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Re: Pali Dictionaries

Postby Dhammakid » Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:57 pm

Thank you noble sirs. I am very interested in learning to speak and read Pali fluently, and these dictionaries are a great start for a newbie like me. I do understand, however, that learning fluent Pali is an undertaking mostly likely not fit for an inexperienced lay person such as myself. I figure I'd have to travel overseas or become a monk before I could do that.

Am I right? Or are there opportunities in the States allowing one to learn fluent Pali?

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Postby Dhammakid » Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:06 am

Yes yes, for sure it wouldn't be incredibly useful other than for translating and reading the canon. Which, as it turns out, is exactly what I would like to do. I'm going to be honest - I think it would be really cool to have a complete set of the Pali language canon in my future house and be able to read it for myself, without relying on others' interpretations. But I'm not hell-bent on learning Pali. Buying the English language canon will do just fine :D

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Postby ShinMeiDokuJoh » Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:15 pm

here is a Pali in Thai Script and English translation dictionary:

http://www.nkgen.com/buddhist/buddhist.htm unfortunately there is no romanized version included.


Sometimes I insert longer Pali in Thai script t text here and get a hint of the pronunciation: http://www.thai2english.com

Anobody knows such an online dictionary also providing the Romanized pronunciation?

Here some pdf files: http://www.tipitaka.org/thai-dict
Pali in Thai Script:

Pali Sutta, Gatha and Paritta in Thai Script:

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Re: Pali Dictionaries

Postby Nyanatusita » Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:24 pm

There are two handy dictionaries Pali–English and English–Pali Dictionary, and Concise Pali English Dictionary (= Pali Lookup) by Ven. Buddhadatta available for download at http://www.bps.lk/onlinelibrary.asp
The Concise Pali English Dictionary is handier than the PTS dictionary and sometimes gives better or different meanings of words, especially with regards plant and animal names, etc. The Concise Pali English Dictionary is included in the Pali–English and English–Pali Dictionary. The Pali Lookup version, which is a bit more user friendly, gives the declensions and inflections of nouns and verbs.
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Re: Pali Dictionaries

Postby DhammaDan » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:49 am

I've found this one to be quite useful:



You can look up words in either English or Pali. The vocabulary also contains the appropriate diacritics so as to properly understand the transliteration.

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Postby clw_uk » Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:03 pm

Im having the same problem, keeps saying error when i start to look up a word.
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Just found .

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Postby mikenz66 » Wed Feb 25, 2009 3:35 am

Hi Jechbi,

Yes, that's a useful reference. For on-line use, this version is handy:
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/Bud ... ict.n2.htm

However, it's not really a "Pali Dictionary" in the sense of being useful for translating a whole Pali sentence. It's an explanation of key Theravada concepts using the Pali terms for them.

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Postby suriya_ctha » Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:34 pm

Its quite helpful.. Nowadys, pali language juz use in chantin, prayers etc.. Normaly, if monk/bhante frm Sri lankan, they used sinhala/singalese.. Pali is used when ancient time...

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Re: Pali Dictionaries

Postby nowheat » Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:51 am

Thanks to everyone who has already posted online dictionaries.

Now for "the other" question (the old-fashioned question): which are the best hard copy Pali-English dictionaries?

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Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:25 pm

I have the PTS one in hard copy and it is very good. But now I mostly use the online editions, since it is easier to just open another tab and look up a word.
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Re: Pali Dictionaries

Postby Kare » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:44 pm

The PTS dictionary is also available in a scanned version, for free download:

http://www.archive.org/details/palitextsocietys00pali
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