The term “ahimsa” is of Sanskrit origin. It means non-harming, and is a large part of Buddhism (along with a few other eastern religions). As a long-time pacifist (and Buddhist) ahimsa means a lot to me, and it’s the most important virtue to me. I strive toward living a life free of harm to the beings around me. I didn’t learn the term until two years ago, but the ideas were swimming around my head.
A fun fact: The Jains (eastern religious group) take Ahimsa to a level unheard of anywhere else. Jain monks sweep the ground in front of them to avoid stepping on insects. Obviously this would be a bit impractical for lay people, but the idea is very respectable.
Animal rights is the strive to end animal suffering, so ahimsa seemed like an appropriate title for this blog.
April 23, 2008 at 1:15 pm
Thanks for explaining this! I was wondering what it meant.
April 19, 2009 at 2:06 pm
I’ve heard of the word before but never knew the meaning. I like it!!!
February 21, 2010 at 7:04 pm
I did not like my SISTER BEcAuse She IS veRY NI CE and i lOcve U ALL ALLQ