The world’s premier Tibetan English dictionary is available on iOS. The Illuminator was the first modern and high quality Tibetan-English dictionary in electronic format. Unlike other Tibetan-English electronic dictionaries available, which are a conglomeration of materials garnered from pre-existing translations and other sources, the Illuminator is created entry by entry by a scholar of many years experience who lives and works in daily contact with Tibetan scholars and translates for the great teachers of the Tibetan Buddhist world. Each entry is produced by individually translating and explaining the terms involved. In general, the Illuminator has been praised for its absence of mistakes, excellence of presentation, and the exceptional and forward-looking quality of the work contained within it.

The dictionary is an ongoing work. A new version of the dictionary, with substantial improvements, is delivered at the beginning of January each year. This 2017 version includes everything in the 2016 edition plus all of the new entries and editorial work done through the end of 2016. To update from an earlier version of the dictionary to the 2017 version, purchase this version dictionary.

What’s New

Version 5.2

Fixed a bug that prevented Wiley lookups that began with 'a (a chung). Improved full text searching. Added dynamic text size.


Anthony Duff
24 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© (c) TONY DUFF 2000-2017. All rights reserved. Padma Karpo Translation Committee.


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