The Hindu and Buddhist doctrine of refraining from harming any living being
The duty of sparing animal life; non-violence
Principle of non-violence toward any living creature, in Hinduism and Buddhism.
In Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, the doctrine of respect for all life (including the lowest forms and even the elements themselves) and consequently an extreme form of nonviolence. It arises in part from the concept of karma, which holds that a person’s actions (and thus any injury caused to any form of life) are carried forward from one life to the next, determining each stage of reincarnation.