Building Cultures of Peace Through Learning and Dialogue

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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What's New?

To celebrate the publication of "Hope Is a Decision," a new collection of Daisaku Ikeda's essays, we asked co-editor of the volume Jeff Farr to share what he considers the main components of Daisaku Ikeda's philosophy of hope. The result is this new essay. Enjoy.

We are excited to announce the newest publication from Dialogue Path Press! It's called "Shaping a New Society: Conversations on Economics, Education, and Peace," featuring Daisaku Ikeda in dialogue with the distinguished economist Lawrence J. Lau, formerly of Stanford University and now of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Click through to learn more and purchase!

Each January, Daisaku Ikeda issues a peace proposal to the United Nations. In this reflection on the 2017 Proposal, Stephen Gould of Lesley University offers a call to action for educators and others based on Ikeda's ideas, which offer a vision for global citizenship in which we unite in three core causes: the abolition of nuclear weapons, providing aid to refugees, and building a culture of human rights.

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The field of soka education studies took a big step forward this June. That’s when fourteen education scholars gathered to discuss how the practice of soka, or value-creating, education can revitalize US education. Their conclusion? The key act of value creation would be to revive the sense of joy too often missing from today's education landscape. Read our report, called "Can Education Be Joyful?"

New from Middleway Press (published this spring in association with the Center's Dialogue Path Press), is a collection of essays from Daisaku Ikeda called "Hope Is a Decision." The book is published by Middleway Press in association with the Center's Dialogue Path Press. The essays cover a wide range of topics, with a common theme being an exploration of ways in which anyone can connect their personal search for strength, wisdom, and hope to the collective desire to bring about a just, humane, and caring society.

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