Avihimsa, Avihimsā, Avihiṃsā, Avihiṃsa: 3 definitions
Avihimsa means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
(equivalents: ahimsā, avihesā): 'harmlessness', nonviolence, absence of cruelty.
The 'thought of harmlessness' (or: 'non-cruelty'; avihimsā-vitakka) is one of the three constituents of right thought (sammā-sankappa), i.e. the 2nd factor of the Eightfold Path (s. magga).
In the several lists of 'elements' (dhātu) appears also an 'element of harmlessness' (avihesā-dhātu), in the sense of an elementary quality of noble thought.
See Dhp. 225, 261, 270, 300.
Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).
Languages of India and abroad
Pali-English dictionarySource: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
avihiṃsā : (f.) humanity; absence of cruelty.Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Avihiṃsa, (Avihesa) (f.) (a + vihiṃsā) absence of cruelty, mercy, humanity, friendliness, love D. III, 213, 215, 240 (avihesā); Sn. 292 (= sakaruṇabhāva SnA 318); It. 82 (°vitakka). (Page 85)
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
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