Defining Peace for the 21st Century

Founded in 1993, the Ikeda Center engages diverse scholars and social innovators in the search for the ideas and solutions that will assist in the peaceful evolution of individuals and humankind. To that end, we host events, publish books, and produce original resources for our website.

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Founding Lecture

Our founding lecture is called “Mahayana Buddhism and 21st Century Civilization.”
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Thinkers & Themes

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Each February, Center founder Daisaku Ikeda submits a detailed proposal to the United Nations outlining strategies for a more peaceful and flourishing world in the year to come. This year's proposal is called "The Global Solidarity of Youth." In his introduction, Mr. Ikeda states: "Our world today is confronted by numerous grave challenges including a seemingly unending succession of armed conflicts and the sufferings of the rapidly growing refugee population. I am not, however, pessimistic about humanity’s future. My reason is the faith I place in our world’s young people, each of whom embodies hope and the possibility of a better future."

We have created a Top Ten list of our website articles that received the most views during 2016. The mix ranges from our page featuring the poems of Mary Oliver to Yoichi Kawada's discussion of the Buddhist outlook on life and death to Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen's essay on his concept of development as freedom. Check it out!


We're celebrating our fourth printing of "The Inner Philosopher: Conversations on Philosophy's Transformative Power" by posting an excerpt from the concluding chapter to our website. In the excerpt, called "Life Itself is Our Common Ground," co-authors Lou Marinoff and Daisaku Ikeda explore the interplay between respect for local communities and unique traditions and the need to foster global unity around issues of peace and well being.

We are pleased to post a video of Ceasar McDowell's presentation at this year's Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, "Crisis or Opportunity: A Dialogue on Democracy, Inclusion, and Community." His remarks focused on what he sees as the particular modes of dialogue that can unite diverse segments of society while strengthening democracy in the process.

What better time than Thanksgiving to think about how gratitude can impact our lives and the lives of others for the better! This brief essay at the website of the Soka Gakkai International explores why gratitude is a core practice for Center founder Daisaku Ikeda in particular and Nichiren Buddhists in general. There's plenty of good advice here for the non-Buddhists among us as well.

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