DDB Access 4+


Designed for iPad

    • 3.5 • 2 Ratings
    • Free



DDB (Digital Dictionary of Buddhism) and CJKV-E (Classical Chinese) are collaborative works edited by Charles Muller, University of Tokyo. DDB Access gives access to DDB and CJKV-E from iPhone and iPad.

DDB Access is a free app. Any user may access the dictionary by entering "guest" as the username with no password. This will allow a total of 20 searches (instead of 10 previously) in each of the DDB and CJKV-E dictionaries in a 24-hour period.

Contributors can get unlimited access by submitting a 350+ word entry as specified at http://www.buddhism-dict.net/contribute.html

DDB and CJKV-E are primarily resources for scholars. Contributors are required to have completed a graduate degree to at least the equivalent of the M.A. level in graduate school program at a fully accredited university, where one has received direct formal training in the reading of classical East Asian Buddhist texts.

- Search dictionaries by Chinese, translation or pinyin.
- Copy a full text and get all words with one click.
- User chooses to show pronunciations in Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Vietnamese.
- Additional details: etymological indications, related words and characters (user choices easy to customize, to keep presentation clear).
- Additional general dictionaries for scholars working on Buddhist texts with literary or historical terminology.

On iPad, the UI fits nicely with two side by side apps in landscape orientation:
- The original text can be on one half of the screen with one's preferred reader,
- DDB Access on the other side: same presentation as with iPhone, all selected dictionaries and attached details immediately available in one single page.

Michael Beddow developed and steadfastly maintained the DDB/CJKV-E servers for about two decades. Paul Hackett has now taken this responsibility.

What’s New

Version 2022.07.01

- Bug fixes.
- Additional details in lookup.
- User interface more fluid.
(2022.07.01) Correction: app crash (current view disappearing!) Update strongly recommended.

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

AlexanderHaiyang ,

Perfect tool for reading chinese Buddhist texts

I’m a student and just found this indispensable tool. Cannot recommend it enough.

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