This book 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.
From the Preface to the First Edition
„As a first attempt of an authentic dictionary of Buddhist doctrinal terms, used in the P li Canon and its Commentaries, this present manual will fill a real gap felt by many students of Buddhism. It provides the reader not with a mere superficial enumeration of important Pali terms and their English equivalents, but offers him precise and authentic definitions and explanations of canonical and post-canonical terms and doctrines, based on Sutta, Abhidhamma and the Commentaries, and illustrated by numerous quotations taken from these sources, so that, if anyone wishes, he could, by intelligently joining together the different articles, produce without difficulty a complete exposition of the entire teachings of Buddhism. …“
Central Internment Camp
Dehra-Dun, India 28 8 1946.
Editor s Preface
„This sixth revised edition is a cooperative effort of the BPS and Pariyatti. In this edition the abbreviation scheme and reference systems have been modernised. Moreover, some of the source notes made in an age when digital search tools were not available, and originally located in an appendix have been revised by me in order to accurately reflect the first occurrences of terms and to avoid duplication of statements already found in the entries. The British spelling of words has been retained.“
Kandy, Sri Lanka