I believe that there many words translate from Buddha Sutra and I want to ask is there any website can translate the words meaning in English? Example Samman Samadhi
I've tried the PTS Pali-English dictionary (for Pali).
There's a trick to using it though.
Search entry words only (not definitions)
- Type in the word you're looking for e.g.
When you search it may not find the result. So:
- Also select
Words starting with (Example: bud)
- Type in fewer (just the first few) letters of the word you're looking for e.g.
This searching for a prefix (instead of for the full word) if often necessary, because Pali words have declensions and conjugations when they're used in sentences, which alters their suffixes.
I think that samadhi versus samatha (used in the example above) is a difference between Sanskrit and Pali.
The fact remains, however, that when looking for Pali words in the PTS dictionary it's often necessary to search for the prefix.
Another reason why that's so is, I think, that Pali words are joined together (like in German). Look at this answer for example (which uses the Critical Pali Dictionary instead of the PTS dictionary), which shows for example various words created from ārāma.
I note that ārāma isn't in the PTS dictionary however arañña is — which is another reason why you may need to look for prefixes (I found it by searching the PTS dictionary for
ara after a search for
aram found no results), i.e. that the Latinesque alphabet spelling might not be standardized.
Beware that the PTS dictionary requires of you a semi-exact spelling when you do a lookup, for example to find Kālika you must search for
Kālika (and searching for
Kalika won't find it).
There's also this Glossology.
It only lists dhamma-related words (so it's not a full dictionary), but its entries are a bit fuller than the dictionaries'.
Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism is another source. http://www.international.ucla.edu/institute/article/149341
I found this one, which seems to aggregate answers from several different dictionaries. Still a LOT of words missing from the Dhammapada (which I'm working on adapting) but a very useful resource for trying to pick apart Pali texts:
For Pali, I use The Pali Text Society's Pali-English dictionary.
Here are the options I choose for best results (in general) i.e. Search entry words only and Words starting with (as mentioned by ChrisW in his answer)
I will even use Wiktionary e.g. for etymological information. In fact, I tend to look up a Pali word, explore its Sanskrit ancestor/relative in the Sanskrit Dictionary and then check etymology in Wiktionary.