Building Cultures of Peace Through Learning and Dialogue

Founded in 1993 by Buddhist philosopher, peacebuilder, and educator Daisaku Ikeda, the Ikeda Center's mission is to build cultures of peace through learning and dialogue. To that end, we host events, publish books, and produce original resources for our website. Upon our founding, Mr. Ikeda presented us with these mottos: "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."

Learn about the history, mission, vision, values, and people that shape our work.

Founding Lecture

Our founding lecture is called “Mahayana Buddhism and 21st Century Civilization.”
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The Ikeda Center

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Thinkers & Themes

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What's New?

Winston Langley

New to the Ikeda Center website is this in-depth interview with Winston Langley, Emeritus Professor of Political Science & International Relations at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he served as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 2009 to 2017. Throughout, he discusses how his vision for global peace based on the wholeness of life resonates with Daisaku Ikeda's vision for the same.

We are excited to announce the launch of our newest event series, "Movie Nights!" Each Movie Nights will include a film screening followed by small group discussion on the themes in the film. Click through for details!

On Friday, May 31, fifty-eight college students and young professionals joined us for Dialogue Nights to discuss authenticity and what it means to live true to ourselves. In small groups, participants talked about what it means to be authentic and inauthentic, and the difference between being authentic and being original. Click through for a photo gallery.

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Inspired by Steven D. Cohen's chapter in our 2018 book, Peacebuilding Through Dialogue, we hosted this April 2019 seminar on the "art of classroom dialogue." Joining Dr. Cohen for the discussion were education professors Deborah Donahue-Keegan, Stephen Gould, and Jason Goulah.

Check out our new interview featuring Catia Confortini, Associate Professor of Peace and Justice Studies at Wellesley College. In this in-depth conversation, Dr. Confortini explores the interrelationships among peace, justice, and feminism, also touching on topics such as empathy, intelligent compassion, and the power of alternative thinking to point us toward a world where women and peace alike are truly valued.

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