ahimsa

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Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit अहिंसा (ahiṃsā).

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ahimsa (uncountable)

  1. 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.
    • 2006, Karen Armstrong, The Great Transformation, Atlantic Books 2007, p. 79:
      Already, at this very early date, the ritualists were moving towards the ideal of ahimsa ("harmlessness") that would become the indispensable virtue of the Indian Axial Age.