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Translations of
English non-attachment,
without attachment
Pali alobha
Sanskrit alobha
Chinese 無貪(T) / 无贪(S)
Korean 무탐
(RR: mutam)
Tibetan མ་ཆགས་པ།
(Wylie: ma chags pa;
THL: machakpa

Alobha (Sanskrit, Pali; Tibetan Wylie: ma chags pa) is translated as "non-attachment". It is defined as the absence of attachment or desire towards worldly things or worldly existence. It causes one to not engage in unwholesome actions.[1][2]

Alobha is identified as:



Nina von Gorkom states:

Non-attachment, alobha, is one of the three sobhana hetus, beautiful roots. A root (hetu or mula) gives a firm support to the citta and cetasikas it arises together with. All sobhana cittas are rooted in non-attachment, alobha, and non-aversion, adosa, and they may or may not be rooted in wisdom, panna. Thus, non-attachment has to accompany each sobhana citta.[3]

The Atthasalini states:

... absence of greed (alobha) has the characteristic of the mind being free from cupidity for an object of thought, or of its being detached, like a drop of water on a lotus leaf. It has the function of not appropriating, like an emancipated monk, and the manifestation of detachment, like a man fallen into a foul place...[3]


The Abhidharma-samuccaya states:

What is alobha? It is not to be attached to a mode of life and all that is involved with it. It functions in providing the basis for not being caught up in non-virtuous action.[1]

The Berzin Archives states:

Detachment (ma-chags-pa) is a bored disgust with (yid-‘byung) and thus lack of longing desire for compulsive existence (srid-pa) and objects of compulsive existence (srid-pa’i yo-byad). It does not necessarily imply, however, total freedom from all longing desire, but just a degree of freedom from it. Detachment may be from the compulsive pursuits of this life, from compulsive pursuits in any lifetime in general, or from the serenity of a release (Skt. nirvana) from compulsive existence. It serves as a basis for not engaging in faulty behavior (nyes-spyod).[4]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Guenther (1975), Kindle Locations 536-537.
  2. Kunsang (2004), p. 25.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gorkom, Cetisakas: Non-Attachment (alobha)
  4. StudyBuddhism icon 35px.png Primary Minds and the 51 Mental Factors, StudyBuddhism


  • Guenther, Herbert V. & Leslie S. Kawamura (1975), Mind in Buddhist Psychology: A Translation of Ye-shes rgyal-mtshan's "The Necklace of Clear Understanding". Dharma Publishing. Kindle Edition.
  • Kunsang, Erik Pema (translator) (2004). Gateway to Knowledge, Vol. 1. North Atlantic Books.

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