News: March 18 2008
This database has moved to www.bodhgayanews.net/pali.htm
This is a database version of
the Pali Canon (in Pali) based on the digitised text prepared
by the Sri Lanka Tripitaka
Project. The advantage of using this version of the Pali
canon is that it makes it easy to search for individual words
across all 20,946 pages at once and view the contexts in which
This database has been produced
from the files available on the Journal
of Buddhist Ethics website. More information about the SLTP
and the Pali canon is available on the Journal of Buddhist Ethics
website where you can also find versions of the files to download
and details about the work that has gone into producing the
digital versions of the texts.
It should be noted that the text is not fully proofed. If you wish
to check readings you should check against the Pali Text Society
print version and the Burmese Version available in digital format
from the Vipassana Research Institute.
The data is in unicode (utf-8) encoding and you will need a suitable
unicode font to be able view the files correctly. If you have a
unicode font installed on your computer the following characters
should appear with diacritics ā ī
ū ṛ ḥ ṃ ṇ ñ ṭ ḍ
ḷ ṣ ś ṅ Ā. If you cannot see
the characters correctly you can download the Indic Times font from
the JBE website, and then install it, like any other font, on your
The use of the data in these database is subject to the condition
that it is understood that its contents are in the public domain
and shall remain in the public domain. La Trobe University acknowledges
the permission of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics and the Sri Lanka
Tipitaka Project to host this database version of the Pali Canon.
May 12, 2006: all works now uploaded.
May 11, 2006: advanced search feature added.
May 3, 2006: initial
version of database of canonical texts only made available on web.