The Ikeda Center is located in Cambridge, Mass., steps from Harvard Yard. Learn more about us

Ikeda Forum Panel

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

Donna Hicks

Author Donna Hicks spoke on the topic of dignity in early 2015. Read more

A steadfast commitment to dialogue is first among our core convictions. Read more

Sarah Wider

Sarah Wider spoke about the publication of The Art of True Relations. Learn about our books


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

You can read feature articles on all Ikeda Center events at our Themes page. 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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What's New?

Please join us on Friday, June 17th for a timely panel discussion exploring current educational issues and opportunities. The event is called "Living As Learning: The Humanistic Challenge to Contemporary Education. Panelists include distinguished educators Nel Noddings, Jim Garrison, Larry Hickman, Ann Diller, and Jason Goulah. Click for more information. We hope to see you then!

Victor Kazanjian

From the archives: a 2013 interview with Victor Kazanjian on the topic, "Education and the Middle Way." Good education, says Kazanjian, helps us understand that life is a process and gives us the tools to live with life's challenges and paradoxes without escaping to simplified or polarized positions. Victor Kazanjian is Executive Director of the United Religions Initiative, based in San Francisco.

USF event

As much as we want to "increase the peace," sometimes we also want to "increase the confrontation." This comment by educator, author, and activist Matt Meyer captured the tone of the recent panel discussion "Glimmers of Hope: Peace Education Around the Globe," co-sponsored by the Ikeda Center and the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Education. Joining Mr. Meyer on the panel were Monisha Bajaj of USF, Maria Hantzopoulos of Vassar College, and Tetsushi Ogata of the University of California, Berkeley. Click to read an in-depth article on the event!

Now available for purchase: "Knowing Our Worth: Conversations on Energy and Sustainability," by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and Daisaku Ikeda. Throughout their dialogue, the authors discuss how we can we meet the challenge of globally transitioning to clean, efficient, and renewable energy sources. Solutions, they say, must blend innovative policies with human wisdom, compassion, and restraint.

Harvey Cox

New (on 2-18), from the Ikeda Center archives: Masao Yokota's 2010 interview with esteemed Harvard theologian Harvey Cox on "the future of faith." During their conversation Cox and Yokota discuss how faith is the opposite of fear, why the "age of spirit" is non-hierarchical, and why transformative creativity thrives at the margins of society.