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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
    analysis.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:

http://digitalpali.git.sourceforge.net/

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.

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19 Responses to Home

  1. satijeff says:

    Dear Ven. yuttadhammo,
    Thank you for your wonderful tool. The DPR keeps getting better and better. Have you considered making a DPR app for the iPad? Thank you.
    with metta,
    satijeff

    • yuttadhammo says:

      Dear Jeff,

      I don’t have an iPad myself. If I had one, I might make such an app… then again, it would probably be quite limited, since I don’t have a Mac either to run the iOS SDK on (required for development).

      Best wishes,

      Yuttadhammo

  2. Dhammaratana says:

    I want to remove the pali reader and any associated stuff from my computer. I can’t find it anywhere, can you give me a clue?

  3. DPR dont work in Firefox 6.0
    Will there be an update or standalone version?

  4. santosh says:

    DPR is not working in Firefox 6.0 as mentioned by Bhikkhu Samahita. What should we do????? Please help!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Linda says:

    I put the new DPR on my laptop, and I agree with santosh and Dhammaratana, it’s not working. I can click on the link to “Click here for the help page” and a new tab will open with the help page. If I then make selections in the Navigation box for Set, Book, etc, down to the sutta level, and click on the little right-pointing arrow ( at the end of the sequence that looks like this: M A T >) my view will pop back to the screen that says “Welcome to the Digital Pali Reader 2.0RC4″. The arrow does not bring up the sutta.

    I had also noticed that on the old version, when I click a new Set, it usually displays a very useful list of all the suttas within, in that main window. If I then clicked on a Book in that Set, it would dispay a smaller useful set just from that book. But now nothing happens (or perhaps every click is just bringing up the “Welcome” page again, rather than bringing up the suttas or lists of suttas).

    Thanks for all the work you do, as always, and I hope the above description helps. If you have any questions, please drop me an email. (Oh and I forgot to say I have Firefox 3.6.10, it just updated itself yesterday, and then I downloaded the newest version.)

    • Yuttadhammo says:

      First, 2.0 doesn’t seem to work with Firefox 3.x anymore, sorry :) You should really update your browser to at least 4.0, that is surely your problem. I’ll update the minimum version info for the 2.0 official release.

      As to the list you are talking about, it should still be accessible via the section button below the Set/Book lists; again, with 3.x it may not work as expected. The reason for it not popping up automatically is because of the use of tabs in the new version; making the list popup manual rather than automatic allows you to choose where you want it to appear (middle click for new tab), rather than overwriting your old data.

      • Linda says:

        Thanks!

        (1) I don’t have a button that allows for a middle-click on my laptop, unfortunately, but I can live without the functionality that would depend on middle-clicking. (2) How odd that when I let Firefox update itself it updated version 3 and not to the current version 6 — I suppose it’s logical that people would want to stay with the old version for their own reasons (old computers perhaps) but it just had never occurred to me it would be done that way. (3) I have Firefox up to 6.0.2 now and on a quick run-through DPR seems to be working fine in it. I’ll go to the library now and give it a *serious* testing.

        As always, thanks!

  6. bhikkhu Vinita says:

    Thanks a lot for your amazing work … if I may have small suggestion:Quite often I use the off-line version of AtI web-site, but the settings do not allow one to set the full path … also have you considered adding also the metta.lk?(I know this is much of a bigger task than the first one)
    Hope you will reap the merits from all this in the form of the highest fruits possible in this very life (and let me know :-)

    yours in Dhamma metta bWin

  7. Suddhaso Bhikkhu says:

    Dear Ven. Yuttadhammo,

    Thank you for the exquisite DPR. One thing I’ve noticed:

    Searching for “te” under DPR shows an entry under tuvaṁ/tvaṁ which mentions 2nd Sg Ins/Gen/Dat, but not 3rd Pl Nom/Acc.

    Searching for “te” in dictionaries lists nothing about pronouns, only the prefix meaning ’3′.

    Thank you,

    -Suddhāso Bhikkhu

  8. Remy says:

    Bhante,

    I can hardly express by words my gratitude. The DPR is a most wonderful tool for getting in closer touch with the Buddha’s teaching. In my case, it enabled me to start the following project: http://www.suttapitaka.net/ of which the most interesting so far is perhaps this: http://www.suttapitaka.net/formulae.html#anupubba (to be completed still).

    However, I have some difficulties with the DPR on my computer as it uses a lot of virtual memory. I imagine you are aware of the problem already, but I just wanted to report that if ever possible an improvement here would be very appreciated.

    Gratitude

    remy

  9. Dear Bhante, the link on this page
    Myanmar Tipitaka (required)
    is broken and I can’t install DPR.

    Could you please fix that.

    Metta
    Branko

  10. Dhamma Greetings

    is the “old” (non-plugin) standalone version still avaliable?

    Metta&Peace,
    :-)

  11. DPR is clearly the most advanced tool I’ve seen for Pali research . I sometimes have to resort to CST4 though for a feature I need for research: Word Distance. It you type at least two strings of text in the search box, it appears, allowing you to indicate that maximum distance between the words. This is very useful when you want to look up for connections between two words, say jhana and ekagga. Would be great if DPR has this too.

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