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Nonattachment (Skt. alobha; Tib. མ་ཆགས་པ་, machakpa, Wyl. ma chags pa) — one of the fifty-one mental states defined in Abhidharma literature. According to the Compendium of Abhidharma, it belongs to the subgroup of the eleven virtuous states.


In the Khenjuk, Mipham Rinpoche says:

  • Tib. མ་ཆགས་པ་ནི་སྲིད་པ་དང་སྲིད་པའི་ཡོ་བྱད་ལ་མ་ཆགས་པ་སྟེ་ཉེས་སྤྱོད་ལ་མི་འཇུག་པར་བྱེད་པའོ།
  • Non-attachment is the absence of desire towards [samsaric] existence or worldly things. It makes one not engage in negative actions. (Rigpa Translations, Erik Pema Kunsang)

Alternative Translations

  • detachment