Welcome to the home of the Digital Pali Reader.
The Digital Pali Reader (DPR) is a tool is much like a hard-copy language reader. The tool includes the collections of scriptures including the Pali canon, commentaries, sub-commentaries, Visuddhimagga and other texts in the Pali language. It also includes a dictionary to facilitate reading the texts and is a useful tool in the study of the Pali language at an advanced level. 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, head on over to https://www.digitalpalireader.online/.
To contribute to the project, please check on how to get started on GitHub.
Here is the list of items planned for the current milestone.