Sujato/John Kelly Pali Courses: Resources

It’s a toolbar activated through the View menu. It’s called the Dictionary bar.

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I’ve found the Dictionary bar, over to the right of the main bar, but with proof that my installation failed:

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Hi Beth,
Thank you for your kind offer. I would very much appreciate attending a zoom session with you on how to install the DPD and Goldendict. I have a Macbook Air (2017) running MacOS High Sierra v.10.13. I live in Brisbane (Australia), currently same as Bhante in Sydney and 14 hours ahead of your US East Coast DST - so 7pm for you is 9am for me the next day (perfect).
P.S. I don’t know about the Sutta Central message system. Is that different from what we are using here on

Wow, thanks for this @sujato. I have been looking for a copy of Kaccayana - I wonder what’s in Volume 1???

I’m not exactly sure. Maybe Volume I is the Pali text? But this seems to have the whole text in translation.


That’s a huge file. I think this is a smaller version of the same thing?

(Sorry, on mobile right now and can’t check…)


It’s an older edition, edited by U Nandisena. Your link is good and from the same editor/publisher as V Sujato posted. Have removed my link. Thanks.

EDIT: For better readability there are these quality free pdfs, direct from the publisher here Kaccāyana Pāli Grammar Volumes 1 - 2


Wow, it’s very kind of Pariyatti to make pdfs of this edition freely available.
There are some errors in the Pali, I believe, (and pointed out in Aleix Ruiz Falquez’s review).

So the PTS Pind edition is very valuable.


I don’t think Memrise has been mentioned as a resource. It doesn’t have a course in Pali, but someone has uploaded the vocabulary for Warder chapters 1-12, and this may appeal to some of us.

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URL typo-correction for sutta chantings. (Thanks Gillian!):

The page is not completely intuitive but good enough for getting into AN, KN, DN, MN, and SN

Let me know if you can’t find the indexing of suttas.


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Thank you all here to discuss the DPD/GoldenDict in this thread! I have just installed it on my machine and am truly excited!!! :+1: :heart:

One cool thing: I can use the pop-up function in Bilara too, or anywhere where I see a Pali word! :astonished: Except, well … on a picture. :laughing:


Lucky you. I’ve not been able to get the Mac hot key working for me. I suppose it works on SC as well?

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It works everywhere! If we talk about Bilara here, the translation app, the pop-up will tell you what the Pali word means. :smiley_cat:

The only thing: I can’t install the GoldenDict on my tablet: its Android version is too new! :astonished:


Some of the nuns here at Dhammasara had the same problem, but they were able to install MDict which is another app that you can run Digital Pali Dictionary on. I think there are instructions on the DPD website for how to install DPD on MDict (Install on Andriod (MDict) - Digital Pāḷi Dictionary)

I was also wondering how other people search the suttas (offline)? Like if you are looking for a particular word or phrase in Pali? I have a way at the momemt (using Buddha’s Words) but I’m not sure how effective it is…


Oh thank you, I’ll try that!

So far I always did that online. But this may change if I get the DPD to work on my tablet.


Half an hour later: It’s the same with MDict: “This app is not available for your device. It has been developed for an earlier version of Android.”


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Do you mean without using a computer?
I believe Ven. Bodhi’s translations for Wisdom have indexes, one can look through there for keywords.

For Pali, one can download the VPI 6th Council edition as pdfs and then use Acrobat to search.

When talking with Ven. Bodhi himself, he is usually able to come up with sutta references that address a subject just from memory.
So perhaps this is the best way, to study the texts enough so that they all reside in one’s mind.


Brilliant, Stephen! Well said. :smile:


I use Sublime Text to search SC’s data locally.

  • Sublime Text is a text editor, you can install a trial version for free, or use the free VScode which has similar functionality. It lets you search inside any folder on your computer, super handy! You can also use regex, which is like super-powered search. For example I might want to find a text where a “cat” is described as “cute”, so cat.*cute, which means “look for cat, then any number of characters, then cute”. Alas, it does not occur! (We can’t use regex online, because it is easy to write a regex that takes a stupid amount of processing power and will crash the server.)
  • You can download SC’s Pali texts and translations from this link.

Doing this is a bit more hassle than using a dedicated app like Digital Pali Reader, but the advantage is that you can then do the same thing with any set of texts, eg. I use the same setup for searching Sanskrit.


Does the DPR work offline?

In theory, yes:

But it’s a PWA like SuttaCentral so you can probably expect it to work as well. But I think if you do get it to work it would have search.

If it’s not clear from the screenshot above, you click on the button with a single down-arrow to get the menu with “Install”.