Reasons for religion — a quest for inner peace | Daiko Matsuyama | TEDxKyoto
Q1 What is religion?
Q2 What do you think of the Japanese religious perspective?
Q3 What do you think of the FM program, “Eight o’clock! Gods and Buddhas” and the event, Inter Faith Ekiden marathon?
Q4 Can Japanese religious perspective play an important role in establishing world at peace?
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages, by Leo Buscalgia
Q1 Daniel said, “To make things more pleasant for others is a reason for being. To make shade for old people who come to escape the heat of their homes is a reason for being. To provide a cool place for children to come and play. To fan with our leaves the picnickers who come to eat on checkered tablecloths. These are all the reasons for being.” What’s your reason for being?
Q2 You are also one of the leaves. Daniel said, “Everything dies. No matter how big or small, how weak or strong. We first do our job. We experience the sun and the moon, the wind and the rain. We learn to dance and to laugh. Then we die.” Are you afraid of leaving the tree?
Q3 Please answer Freddie’s question. “Why were we here at all if we only have to fall and die?”
Q4 As Freddie fell, he saw the whole tree for the first time. He said, “How strong and firm it was!” He was sure that the tree would live for a long time and he knew that he had been part of its life and that made him proud.
Why was Freddie proud of himself?
Q5 After reading this story, what do you think about it?