Definitions

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  • noun A Jain, 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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  • noun 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.

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

Etymologies

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[Sanskrit ahiṁsā : a-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + hiṁsā, injury (from hiṁsati, he injures).]

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From Sanskrit अहिंसा (ahiṃsā).

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

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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.

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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

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

    October 4, 2009