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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).]


(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]


(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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WINCHENDON - Ahimsa Haven, a local nonprofit animal rescue shelter, has found adoptive homes for four of the six dogs it took into emergency care recently.
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New Delhi, Mar 8 ( ANI ): On the occasion of the International Women's Day today, Minister for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath will preside over a panel discussion on the subject 'Role of Women Panchayati Raj Members and Youths as Ahimsa Messengers for Safety of Women'.
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The cafe, which closed the doors at its previous Church Street location in April, advocates the principal of ahimsa - a belief, central to the religions of Hinduism and Buddhism, that all living beings have a spark of divine energy and that to hurt others is ultimately the same as hurting oneself.
Prime Minister, we can only hope that the government will listen to its own Attorney General and truly make torture a completely alien concept to our Indian culture of ahimsa.
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Speaking to the press, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Turkey P M Amza stated that the doctrine of Lord Buddha is based on tolerance and ahimsa which are the core ingredients for prevailing and spreading peace towards all humanity.
A dog rescue organization in Atlanta, Ahimsa House, Inc.
EXPRESSING its discomfort in dealing with the increasing cases of monkey menace in Delhi, the New Delhi Municipal Corporation ( NDMC) has asked Gujarat- based animal rights group Ahimsa Maha Sangh, to suggest alternate measures to deal with the menace.