Ahimsa Award

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The Ahimsa Award is an annual award given by Institute of Jainology in recognition of individuals who embody and promote the principles of Ahimsa (Non-violence). It was established in 2006 and has since been awarded at the annual “Ahimsa Day” event, on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.[1]

The event is normally held at the Palace of Westminster - House of Commons of the United Kingdom in London where various members of Parliament are invited to speak.[2] It is bestowed by the Directors of the Institute of Jainology, an international body based in UK, representing the Jainism faith.[3]

Ahimsa Day[edit]

Ahimsa Day was established by the Institute of Jainology[4] and has been celebrated annually[5] in London since 2002.[6] It was created to bring awareness of Ahimsa (non-violence) as it applies in Jainism. The event takes place in early October to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,[7] who amongst other great leaders was inspired by the Jain philosophy of 'ahimsa'.[8] In 2007, the United Nations declared that the International Day of Non-Violence would take place on 2 October, the birth date of Mahatma Gandhi. This annual event highlights the principle of non-violence and the worldwide desire for peace.

History & Background[edit]

Ahimsa, (The principle of non-violence), is a concept adopted by most Indic traditions, primarily Buddhist, Hindu and Jain philosophy . The political and social application of Ahimsa was given universal recognition by Mahatma Gandhi who fought the campaign for the independence of India with the doctrine of ahimsa as the cornerstone.[9]

Ahimsa in Jainism, is a well-established core principle even before the time of Mahavira, the 24th Thirthankara in the 5th century BC,.[10] The principle of Ahimsa in Jainism states that one should do no harm by word, thought or deed, nor ask others to, and nor condone that which is done.[11]

Past Winners[edit]


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  9. ^ Anthony Pare, Lexington Books, 2000 "Gandhi, Freedom, and Self-Rule"
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  14. ^ Report by Office of Tibet, London "First IOJ Ahimsa Award given to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela" Archived July 15, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., Tuesday, October 09, 2007
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  22. ^ "Nitin Mehta Receives Prestigious Ahimsa Award". Young Indian Vegetarians. Archived from the original on 2012-11-30. 
  23. ^ "CCF Founder Scott Neeson Honoured with 2012 AHIMSA Award". 
  24. ^ "Scott Neeson Founder at Cambodian Children's Fund, Honours and Awards". 
  25. ^ "Animal Rights Activist Receives Non-Violence Award". Veg News. 
  26. ^ "Carnism Awareness and Action Network, Dr Melanie Joy, Founder President". 
  27. ^ "Incorporating Compassion for Farmed Animals". Forks over Knives. 
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  29. ^ Jainology, Institute of. "Institute of Jainology celebrates 13th Ahimsa Day at the House of Commons". Institute of Jainology. 

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