This page provides links to organizations and ideas that are relevant to our work in support of global peace, learning, and dialogue.
Daisaku Ikeda Website
This site serves as a great introduction to the life and work of Daisaku Ikeda, Center founder and President of Soka Gakkai International (SGI). Rich with articles, lectures, and other resources.
SGI, headed by Daisaku Ikeda, is a Buddhist network that actively promotes peace, culture, and education through personal change and social contribution.
Named for Josei Toda, second Soka Gakkai president, Daisaku Ikeda founded this organization to foster a dialogue of civilizations for world citizenship.
This site serves as an introduction to the life and work of Josei Toda, second Soka Gakkai president and mentor to Daisaku Ikeda. Toda was imprisoned for his opposition to Japan's military expansion in the mid-twentieth century, and was a leader in the worldwide movement to abolish nuclear weapons.
This site introduces the life and work of Soka Gakkai founder Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. A pioneer of humanistic education in early twentieth-century Japan, Makiguchi built on the centuries old tradition of Nichiren Buddhism to develop the philosophy of soka, or value creation, as the means to individual and world peace.
Located in Aliso Viejo, California, SUA was founded by Daisaku Ikeda on the belief that student-centered education is the best way to promote peace and human rights.
The Walden Woods Project
This project preserves the land, literature, and legacy of the quintessential American author, philosopher, and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau, to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Most of Thoreau's writings can be viewed here.
The Walt Whitman Archive
This site is edited by Whitman scholars Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price. It features voluminous material by and about the great American poet.
The Center for Dewey Studies
Directed by friend of the Ikeda Center Larry Hickman, and located at Southern Illinois University, the Center for Dewey Studies provides a good introduction to John Dewey, the great American philosopher of pragmatism and progressive, humanistic education.
The Earth Charter Initiative
The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. The Ikeda Center (then the Boston Research Center) contributed to the drafting of the Charter during the 1990s. Friend of the Center Steven Rockefeller stepped down at the end of 2010 as co-chair of the Earth Charter Initiative Council.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. You can find the whole text in English here. Links to other languages are also located here.
Founded by Hazel Henderson, the mission of Ethical Markets is to foster the evolution of capitalism beyond current models based on materialism, maximizing self-interest and profit, competition and fear of scarcity. As we move further into the Information Age, Ethical Markets tells us, we learn that information and knowledge are not scarce, and our economic models can move toward sharing, cooperating, and a new abundance.