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sacred language of the Theravada Buddhist canon, a Middle Indo-Aryan language of north Indian origin. On the whole, Pali seems closely related to the Old Indo-Aryan Vedic and Sanskrit dialects but is apparently not directly descended from either of these.

Pali's use as a Buddhist canonical language came about because the Buddha opposed the use of Sanskrit, a learned language, as a vehicle for his teachings and encouraged his followers to use vernacular dialects. In time, his orally transmitted sayings spread through India to Ceylon (c. 3rd century BC), where they were written down in Pali (1st century BC), a literary language of rather mixed vernacular origins. Pali eventually became a revered, standard, and international tongue. The language and the Theravada canon known as Tipitaka (Sanskrit: Tripitaka) were brought to Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Pali died out as a literary language in mainland India in the 14th century but survived elsewhere until the 18th. (Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.)

Dhammapada NEW
in Pali (3x), Latin, Danish, English (5x), German (2x), Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese, Japanese (2x), Korean

Entries: 450
Editor: Linguasoft
Used font: Tahoma or other
Download link: dhammapada.zip (592 Kb). Hits:
Templates: 3 included (Learn more about templates)

The Dhammapada is a versified Buddhist scripture traditionally ascribed to the Buddha himself. It is one of the best-known texts from the Pali (Theravada) Canon. While the original Pali text and most of the older translations are in the public domain, the editor has not been able to obtain permission from all the translators of newer translations that can be found in the internet. In case permission could not be obtained in advance, we ask holders of copyright to kindly notify us if you disagree with having your translation included in this free multingual version of the Dhammapada that is offered to a worldwide public for the purpose of spreading the Dharma and making known the beauty of the Pali language. With metta, Linguasoft

Pali-English (Unicode version) Updated

Entries: 20 999
Editor: Linguasoft; special thanks to CN Đỗ Quốc Bảo (Germany) for proofreading, corrections, and other valuable suggestions.
Used font: Iskoola Pota (for Sinhala), Arial Unicode MS
Download link: pali-eng-uni.zip (1.19 Mb). Hits:  

Based on the 8-bit font version (below), but with main entries in Devanagari script and Sinhala script and transliterations fully converted into Unicode format, plus ITRANS for easy search operations.

Pali-English & English-Pali

Vocabularies: English-Pali (28 873 entries), Pali-English (21 000 entries), Pali Roots (427 entries), Pali PNs (1 362 Entries)
Editor: Linguasoft
Used font: Times_CSX+
Download link: pali.zip (~2 686 Kb). Hits:  

The dictionary is mainly based on Ven. Buddhadatta's Pali-English Dictionary, but further developed to include roots of the individual words, proper names, and English-Pali reverse translations. Used the material of the sites:


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