Some time ago we asked if there were any questions you would like to have answered by Ringu Tulku. Two questions came up:
- Some advice on whether euthanasia for an animal is a bad thing, I have heard buddhist teachings say you should let the animal exhaust negative karma or something like this, I still struggle with this advice, it seems to go against a deeper feeling that ending the animal’s suffering (as instructed is best by a vet) is what is right to do – the most caring and kind thing. Perhaps being there and able to do this – end a painful death, is meaning that we should intervene? If the karma was to be exhausted through a slow suffering death, then why did I even come across the animal at this time, or why was it born in a country where vets can end an animals painful death.
- When my father died he was so heavily dosed with morphine he was unconscious. I have always thought it best to be conscious when I die but if I was in pain, my mind would not be clear or happy and if I had medication to stop the pain, I could be like a drunk.
I would like to know Rinpoche’s advice on the use of medication at the time of death if the person is in pain.
Here are Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s answers: