Welcome to Pali.Sirimangalo.Org, home of the Digital Pali Reader.
The Digital Pali Reader (DPR) is a tool in the form of a Mozilla Firefox extension, much like a hard-copy language reader, facilitating study of the Pali language at an advanced level. Rather than offering a translation for the text being read, a reader usually includes a dictionary with all of the difficult words found in the reader. The DPR differs from an ordinary reader in several respects:
- The DPR allows for instant lookup of words, simply by clicking on a word
in the passage being read. This avoids time spent looking for the word
in a hard-copy dictionary or in another place on one’s computer.
- The DPR has a built in search function similar to that of the CSCD. Whereas the CSCD allows for only global searches or searches of entire pitakas, the DPR provides Nikaya and Book searches as well.
- The dictionary files in the DPR were not designed specifically for the
purpose at hand, and of course word-to-definition matches are sometimes incorrect
due to imperfect
- The DPR includes several dictionaries: Pali-English, English-Pali, Pali proper names, and Concise Pali Dictionary. These dictionaries can be directly accessed from the control panel.
- The DPR has several useful auxiliary utilities, including:
- bookmark and quote clipboard for keeping important passages
- A Pali conversion utility that converts to and from Velthius, Unicode, and other scripts
- Random English quotes from Buddhavacana, by S. Dhammika
While the DPR is far from perfect, it is sure to be useful for intermediate Pali students who wish to advance their studies to a higher level.
To get started, install both the DPR extension and Myanmar Tipitaka extensions from the sidebar, and optionally the Thai Tipitaka and Sanskrit dictionary extensions.
All can alternatively be installed via Sourceforge, as a git repository:
Once the extensions are installed, restart the browser and you will find the Digital Pali Reader under the “Tools” menu. There is also a keyboard shortcut (CTRL+SHIFT+D) and a button that can be added to the toolbar.
Other resources on this site include:
- DPR Utils for Thunderbird – a Thunderbird extension that allows conversion of email text between Velthuis and Unicode.
- display-dhamma – a linux command-line program that displays a line from a Buddhist text, similar to display-dhammapada
- Pali Dictionaries for Android – an adaptation of the DPR dictionaries for Android mobile operating system.
- The DPR weblog
- A Pali Q&A Forum
- Pali Study Page