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Pali Glossary and Pali Dictionaries for UDP

(not available for MAC, UNIX, Linux, etc.)

I have created 3 Pali-English dictionaries from material found on the internet.

All 3 of these electronic dictionaries are offered FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION ONLY by arrangement with their respective publishers. All 3 of these dictionaries work with The Unicode Document Processor version 04.01.01 or later.

Download and Installation Instructions

  1. Download The Unicode Document Processor (UDP) and install it by running the downloaded file.
  2. Download the Pali-English Glossary and install it by unzipping the file and placing it wherever you think is appropriate.
  3. Download the Pali-English Dictionary and install it by unzipping the file and placing it where you put the Glossary. This step is optional if you do not want a large dictionary will full diacriticals.
  4. Download Nyanatiloka's Buddhist Dictionary and install it by unzipping the file and placing it where you put the Glossary. This step is optional if you do not want the classic dictionary with its extensive information.
  5. Install the dictionaries in UDP's dictionary list by doing the following:

To Look Up a Word in one of the Dictionaries

If you encounter a Pali word you wish to lookup in a file you have open in UDP (such as in the Sutta Database), double click that word, then click the Tools and Lookup Marked Text Externally menu items. A new copy of UDP will be run against either the glossary.dbp or palieng.dbp or bpsdict.dbp dictionary, depending on which you have selected in the Tools/External UDP Dictionaries dialog box and the closest word will be found. Since not all possible words are in the dictionary, the word found may not be the word you highlighted - check carefully!

For additional information about using dictionaries with UDP, including chaining multiple dictionaries together, see the Help topic Tools - Lookup Marked Text Externally after pressing F1 in UDP.

All 3 dictionaries can function stand-alone (running in UDP, but not being called from UDP). Simply type the word you wish to lookup into the Key Field (the narrow field in the middle of the UDP window). The closest match will be found as you type each letter.

A word about this version of the Glossary

I want to thank John Bullit for his very wonderful Access to Insight website and for permission to convert his Glossary to this Database. This dictionary uses simplified Pali spelling with almost no diacritical characters - which works well on the web and among casual readers of Theravadin texts.

A word about this version of the Pali-English Dictionary

I want to thank Bhikkhu Mettavihari, the patron of MettaNet Foundation, for his very excellent MettaNet-Lanka website and for permission to convert the Pali English Dictionary to this Database. Since a scholar wants all the diacritical marks in the Pali words, this larger dictionary should serve very well.

A word about this version of the Nyanatiloka's Buddhist Dictionary

I want to thank the Buddhist Publication Society for its permission to publish this electronic edition of this wonderful, classic work. This electronic edition of the Buddhist Dictionary -- Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines -- by Nyanatiloka Mahathera is offered FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION ONLY by arrangement with the publisher, the Buddhist Publication Society. This text is a Gift of Dhamma. You may print this file for your personal use, and you may make and distribute unaltered copies of this file, provided that you charge no fees of any kind for its distribution. Otherwise, all rights reserved.


Update History


 Access to Insight
 MettaNet-Lanka
 Buddhist Publication Society
 Sutta Database
 The Unicode Document Processor
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