Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Buddhist and Hindu doctrine expressing belief in the sacredness of all living creatures and urging the avoidance of harm and violence.

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  • n. A doctrine of non-violence in Hinduism and Buddhism, concerned with the sacredness of all living things and an effort to avoid causing harm to them.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Buddhist and Hindu and especially Jainist doctrine holding that all forms of life are sacred and urging the avoidance of violence

Etymologies

Sanskrit ahiṁsā : a-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + hiṁsā, injury (from hiṁsati, he injures).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit अहिंसा (ahiṃsā). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As for the actions of the pie-throwers, most vegans subscribe to a philosophy known as ahimsa, which is non-violence towards humans as well as animals.

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  • In the Vedic tradition, however, the word possesses a much broader meaning: 'Having no ill feeling for any living being, in all manners possible and for all times is called ahimsa, and it should be the desired goal of all seekers.'

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  • It's called ahimsa or nonviolence toward other living entities.

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  • According to the Web site, Ecouterre. com, the dress is made from what's sometimes known as ahimsa, or "peace silk," a material spun from cocoons without killing the worms inside.

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  • In its most nonviolent form (known as ahimsa or satyagraha) it could be said that it is compassion in the form of respectful disagreement.

    Documenting Reality

  • As I write in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, many yogis believe that the principal of "ahimsa," which means "noninjury" or doing no harm, dictates that true yogis refrain from eating meat because producing meat harms animals.

    Take up yoga, give up meat?

  • In Kripalu's view, though, offering meat to some guests came to seem like a kind of ahimsa, too.

    Yogis welcome vegetarians and omnivores

  • Adherents follow the principal of "ahimsa" or non-injury to all living beings.

    Religion vs. the Sprinkler Police

  • Most common is that of "ahimsa" which advocates non-violence instead of using violence.

    A Reflection On The Relation Between Buddhism and Hinduism

  • And as you call up this higher power of "ahimsa" in yourself, you might just start feeling some glimmerings of that blissful beautiful mind, even in the midst of political conflict.

    Politics and Positive Psychology; Reconciling and Integrating Them

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  • JM ascribes to ahimsa and will defend it tooth and nail!

    October 4, 2009