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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
Glossary of Buddhism

Alobha (Sanskrit, Pali; Tibetan Wylie: ma chags pa) is a Buddhist term 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] It is one of the virtuous mental factors within the Abhidharma teachings.

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]

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  1. ^ a b Guenther (1975), Kindle Locations 536-537.
  2. ^ Kunsang (2004), p. 25.


  • 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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