Ikeda Center

The Ikeda Center is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more about us

Event discussion

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

Fitzduff speaking at 2014 Ikeda Forum

The 2014 Ikeda Forum focused on the topic, "Dignity of Life." Read more

Woman listening

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

Emi Inaba performed with Eriel Huang at our 20th Anniversary celebration in 2013. Read more


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

A steadfast commitment to dialogue is first among our core convictions. 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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Ben Ferencz

The only surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials, Benjamin Ferencz has devoted his life to the creation of a peaceful world in which the rule of law triumphs over the rule of power. During an April 30 visit to the Ikeda Center, Mr. Ferencz engaged in dialogue with staff and shared wisdom from his long experience urging us on toward a more humane world. Click here to read key excerpts from his remarks.

Chhabra and Kew

On May 4th, the Ikeda Center hosted its latest seminar bringing university students into dialogue with senior scholars working in peace- and education-related fields. Meenakshi Chhabra of Lesley University and Darren Kew of UMass Boston were joined by 14 Boston-area university students for a discussion on the complexities of conflict resolution, mediation, and peace building. They emphasized ways to cross the borders separating religions.

In "Encountering the Poems of Daisaku Ikeda," literature scholars Ronald A. Bosco, Kenneth M. Price, and Sarah Ann Wider consider various dimensions of Mr. Ikeda's poetic oeuvre. Click to learn more and purchase.

Not long ago we created a new way to search for events articles. If you go to our Themes section you will find a page that provides links to all our event stories, listed chronologically. You can click here to be directed to this page. We also have a special section devoted to coverage of our annual Ikeda Forum, which you can find on the top navigation bar.

To keep your passion for your work fresh and alive, it's good practice to return periodically to your starting point, the source of your original motivation. Here at the Ikeda Center, we consider Daisaku Ikeda's 1993 Harvard University address, "Mahayana Buddhism and 21st Century Civilization," to be our "founding lecture." Click to read a full transcript.