Lama Zopa Rinpoche meditating in his room in Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India. February 2017. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

In a conversation with a student in 2015, Lama Zopa Rinpoche discussed how to make a difficult decision: whether and when to remove a patient who is not expected to recover from life support. He mentioned the importance of maintaining human life for as long as possible, and thus the benefits of keeping a patient on life support. However, he also acknowledged the high cost and difficulty of keeping someone alive on life support, especially for a lengthy period.

Watch Rinpoche discuss this difficult question on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeY25a1nbog&feature=youtu.be


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Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.