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

[Sanskrit ahiṁsā : a-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + hiṁsā, injury (from hiṁsati, he injures).]
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(Buddhism) (in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jainist philosophy) the law of reverence for, and nonviolence to, every form of life
[Sanskrit, from a-1 + himsā injury]
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(əˈhɪm sɑ, əˈhɪŋ-)

the Hindu principle of noninjury to living beings.
[1870–75; < Skt]
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Noun1.ahimsa - a Buddhist and Hindu and especially Jainist doctrine holding that all forms of life are sacred and urging the avoidance of violence
Hindooism, Hinduism - a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils
Jainism - religion founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism; emphasizes asceticism and immortality and transmigration of the soul; denies existence of a perfect or supreme being
Buddhism - the teaching of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire, that suffering ceases when desire ceases, and that enlightenment obtained through right conduct and wisdom and meditation releases one from desire and suffering and rebirth
church doctrine, religious doctrine, creed, gospel - the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group
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Ahimsa Wickrematunge, the daughter of slain The Sunday Leader Editor, Lasantha Wickrematunge has in a strong letter to United National Party (UNP) Leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe accused Wickremesinghe of double standards when ensuring justice to those murdered and attacked during the Rajapaksa regime, especially Lasantha.
Ahimsa Wickrematunge, daughter of slain journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga today accused Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of using the death of her father to try and win votes.
"As regards celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji, as I had earlier suggested, we may consider including the uniquely Indian ideal of 'non-violence' or 'Ahimsa', in the Preamble of India's Constitution.
Each of them has been an exemplar of the Gandhian way -- of ahimsa and compassion, of service and ethics." "From Martin Luther King Jr in the United States to Nelson Mandela in South Africa and Lech Walesa in Poland, a dazzling galaxy of statespersons has learnt and borrowed from Gandhiji." Touching on the the recipients, Kovind praised the Vivekananda Centre and its founder Eknath Ranade, "a remarkable man who lived a life dedicated to the poorest and most deprived." "The Akshaya Patra Foundation has advanced education and cognition by working to remove hunger and enhance nutrition.
The Gandhian principal of non-violence or ahimsa and satyagraha (peaceful protest), were ideals that resulted in the freedom of India.
While thanking Katara for facilitating the venue for the exhibition, Kumaran said the event would help the Qatar residents understand the significance of Gandhi's teachings of ahimsa (non-violence) and truth strongly than ever before.
There were video presentations that refreshed their minds with Gandhian principles of Satyagraha and Ahimsa. A Shramadaan was conducted as a part of community service and the school premises were cleaned.
Gandhi's ahimsa and satyagraha refine our understanding of peace and power.
Also present were ATBC executive director Prof Robin Chazlon and ATBC chairman Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz.
Mahatama Gandhi propagated 'Ahimsa' which means 'no injury to any one'.