Pāli is the classical language in which the teachings of the Buddha have been preserved. Although English translations exist of numerous suttas and Tipitaka texts, many Theravada scholars and Vipassana meditators find that learning the Pāli language—even just some grammar and vocabulary—greatly deepens their understanding and appreciation of the Buddha's teachings.
This section offers a variety of dictionaries: the Pali Text Society's Pali–English Dictionary, which was first published in 1921-1925; A Dictionary of Pali by Dr. Margaret Cone (likely to remain the principle lexical resource for scholars working with Pali texts for some generations to come) of which the first three volumes have been published, and several others, including on proper names and Buddhist technical terms.
The Buddhist Dictionary (BPS Pariyatti Edition) contains translations of important Pali words and meditation terms arranged in alphabetical order (Roman-script - normal English); definitions include a longer discussion of certain complex concepts and source references. There are translations of both English and Pali words mixed together, making it easy to look up important Pali words or terms, or finding them when knowing only the English equivalent.
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