About the BPS On-Line Library
The BPS offers all of its Bodhi Leaf and most Wheel Publications for reading or downloading from the Library section of this web site. Moreover, we also offer some popular books such as The Buddha and His Teachings.
To visit our libraries of Book Publications, Wheel Publications, Bodhi Leaves, Newsletters, and others, please click a link on the Library sub-menu above.
HTML versions of all of the Bodhi Leaves, Wheels, and Books in the online library may also be downloaded in a compact ZIP archive.
Displaying Pali and Sanskrit Characters
Our publications are available in the following formats:
- All of our library pages display proper Pali diacriticals. For these you will need a unicode-compliant font. Since the advent of Windows® Server 2002, the Times New Roman font version 5.01 (available here) contains all of the special diacriticals that we use. Some library pages use URW Palladio Pali, a special 8-bit font that contains the diacriticals used in Pali. See the downloads section, below.
- For Windows® XP and earlier, you must download either URW Palladio ITU, or Times New Roman version 5.01 and above. Moreover, the DejaVu series fonts for Linux and MAC contain the necessary diacritical characters. For sans-serif fonts, note that Windows® Tahoma font contains the necessary diacriticals.
- ePub format. Although the specification for embedding fonts in eBooks has been in effect for several years, it is unfortunate that support for font embedding is still spotty. Nevertheless, this situation is improving; therefore our ePub offerings contain embedded fonts that contain the necessary Pali diacriticals. In the event that your ePub reader does not support font embedding, it is hoped that its built-in fonts support characters in the Unicode "Latin Extended Additional" range. Lacking this support, the PDF versions are e-printed in A5 size, so they shuld be readable on your device.
- PDF format. These ae created by printing the ePub to a PDF virtual printer in international A5 size. Fonts are embedded. Thus the epubs should display reasonably on handheld devices. For full-size printed output, simply print the HTML version.
Please visit our fonts page to download the open-source fonts used on this site.
For those interested in learning the Pali Language we have offered two Pali-English dictionaries. The first, written in Microsoft® Access 97, contains both Pali-English and English-Pali entries. The second, called Pali Lookup, uses the Velthuis format to input diacritical characters, but displays the results in the open-source font Times_CSX. (This font will be automatically installed along with Pali Lookup.) Pali Lookup is a Pali-English dictionary only, but includes some useful functions such as providing a word usage count and complete declenation of each noun and adjective.
The Digital Pali Reader is a handy add-on for Firefox web browsers. It contains all of the features of the software listed above, and more. See http://pali.sirimangalo.org/ for details or to download.