not grasping at the things of this world but being comfortable with change and transition

a.k.a. nekkhamma, relinquishment, renunciation, surrender

This is a central part of Buddhist thought, and a version of it is also important in stoicism: much of what is around you is outside of your control, and if you try to pretend otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for frustration.

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

  • graspingness
  • inability to let go

Virtues possibly in tension


How to acquire or strengthen it


Notes and links


Mentioned elsewhere


Inspirational quotes

  • “That which we call our own is but lent us; and what we have received gratis we must return without complaint. That which fortune gives us this hour, she may take away the next; and he that trusts to her favor, shall either find himself deceived, or if he be not, he will at least be troubled, because he may be so. But the best of it is, if a man cannot mend his fortune, he may yet mend his manners, and put himself so far out of her reach, that whether she gives or takes, it shall be all one to us; for we are neither the greater for the one, nor the less for the other.” ―Seneca