The Ikeda Center is located in Cambridge, Mass., steps from Harvard Yard. Learn more about us

Ikeda Forum Panel

Our signature event is the annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue. Read more

Donna Hicks

Author Donna Hicks spoke on the topic of dignity in early 2015. Read more

A steadfast commitment to dialogue is first among our core convictions. Read more

Sarah Wider

Sarah Wider spoke about the publication of The Art of True Relations. Learn about our books


You can view image galleries in our Photos & Videos section. View galleries

You can read feature articles on all Ikeda Center events at our Themes page. Read more

Featured Video

Here is our new video (Aug. '14) introducing the mission, vision, and activities of the Ikeda Center. Many of the speakers in this clip are featured in the Thinkers & Themes section of our website. Please share with your friends!



“Be the heart of a network of global citizens
Be a bridge for dialogue between civilizations
Be a beacon lighting the way to a century of life”

~ Daisaku Ikeda


The Ikeda Center is an institute for peace, learning, and dialogue located in Cambridge, Mass. Since 1993, we have been engaging diverse scholars, activists, and social innovators in the search for the ideas and solutions that will assist in the peaceful evolution of humanity.
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What's New?

Jason Goulah

Our heartfelt thanks to all who attended and participated in our recent event, "Living As Learning: The Humanistic Challenge to Education," featuring, as panelists, education scholars Jason Goulah, Ann Diller, Jim Garrison, and Larry Hickman. The discussion imparted a deep sense of possibility for the future of education, here in the US and globally. A photo gallery is now posted at our Facebook page. Please click through to view.

We of the Ikeda Center extend our deepest sympathies to those suffering in the aftermath of this weekend’s horrific mass shooting – especially the families and friends of those killed and injured, the people of Orlando, and the members of the LGBTQ community near and far. Please click to read more.

Daisaku Ikeda

Twenty years ago this month, in June 1996, Center founder Daisaku Ikeda delivered a forward-looking talk at Teachers College, Columbia University, called "Thoughts on Education for Global Citizenship." To commemorate the 20th anniversary of that lecture, this blog essay considers how Mr. Ikeda grounds the elements of global citizenship education in Buddhist philosophy.

Please join us on Friday, June 17th for a timely panel discussion exploring current educational issues and opportunities. The event is called "Living As Learning: The Humanistic Challenge to Contemporary Education. Panelists include distinguished educators Jim Garrison, Larry Hickman, Ann Diller, and Jason Goulah. Click for more information. We hope to see you then!

Victor Kazanjian

From the archives: a 2013 interview with Victor Kazanjian on the topic, "Education and the Middle Way." Good education, says Kazanjian, helps us understand that life is a process and gives us the tools to live with life's challenges and paradoxes without escaping to simplified or polarized positions. Victor Kazanjian is Executive Director of the United Religions Initiative, based in San Francisco.