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Founded: March 15 2002
Last updated: December 24, 2015

Hindi Studies


Pali Canon Online Database

Vinaya Pitaka
Vinaya Pitaka 1
Vinaya Pitaka 2
Vinaya Pitaka 3
Vinaya Pitaka 4
Vinaya Pitaka 5
Sutta Pitaka
Digha Nikaya
Majjhima Nikaya
Samyutta Nikaya
Anguttara Nikaya
Khuddaka Nikaya
Abhidhamma 1
Abhidhamma 2

Database Currently Offline

24 December 2015: unfortunately due to an issue with the database it keeps causing an enormous error file to be created which threatens to overload this website. Due to this I have had to take the Pali Canon database off line for the moment until I can figure out how to solve this problem. However, this may be some time as I have not done the coding for this sort of MySQL/PHP database for a long time now. The database ran from May 2006 to December 2015 which means that I managed to run it for almost a decade.

Updated: Corrections etc.

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 Tipitaka is that it makes it easy to search for individual words across all 16,000+ pages at once and view the contexts in which they appear.

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.

Proof Reading
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.

Technical Note
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 computer.

Usage Condititions
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. I acknowledge the permission of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics and the Sri Lanka Tipitika Project to host this database version of the Pali Canon.

Update Log
September 13, 2009; glitch in search engine, n tilde no longer works for some reason
March 18, 2008, glitch in searching due to shift from php4 to php5 solved, more records uploaded.
March 14, 2008: initial work on moving database to, first 3000 pages uploaded.
May 9, 2006: database updated to include Paracanonical works. Grammar, history and miscellaneous still to be loaded.[added later]
May 3, 2006: initial version of database made available on web.

Pali Canon corrections
From time to time people send me corrections they have noted to the Pali text in the online Pali Canon Database on this site. I can’t incorporate them into the database itself, but intend to start collecting them here for people to check if they think they might be important, which they may well be. An instance of such corrections, noted by Larry Rosenfeld is as follows (thanks Larry for this):
Based on the PTS PED, the CSCD Pali text, and a PTS-related English translation, the SLTP’s Sn 2.11 (starting on
seems to have at least the following errors:
* v. 339: piruupe -> piyaruupe
* v. 340: vitte -> mitte
* v. 340: vicitta.m -> vivitta.m
* v. 341: maa kaasi -> maa akaasi -or- maakaasi
* v. 342: ~ncasu -> pa~ncasu
* last line: aahula.m -> raahula.m
Also thanks to Larry for pointing out there is a problem with the database due to which you cannot search for the n tilde character. I hope to address this at some point when time allows.

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