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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In this April 2017 seminar, Anita Patterson of Boston University talked with Boston-area university students about how deep engagement with literature offers unique, even practical benefits for transcending polarization. Dr. Patterson shared findings about the power of literature gained from her many years’ experience teaching courses in American literature at BU. Read an article on the event!

Patterson Seminar

On April 12th the Ikeda Center hosted a seminar featuring Anita Patterson, Professor of English at Boston University, in dialogue with a dozen Boston-area university students. The topic was "The Role of Literature in Times of Division." Click through to view a photo gallery of the event.

The degree of polarization in the US today is such that it appears nearly impossible to overcome. Yet we must try. In his lecture "Mahayana Buddhism and 21st Century Civilization," Center founder Daisaku Ikeda looks to the example of the Buddha to consider how and why we should begin with ourselves if we want to overcome this polarization.

April 4th marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "Beyond Vietnam" speech in which he argued that the commitments that motivated his participation in the Civil Rights Movement and the broader black freedom struggle, are the same commitments that compelled him to oppose that tragic war -- namely a concern for those who suffer, regardless of nationality. Click through to read an excerpt.

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."

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