Building Cultures of Peace Through Learning and Dialogue

Founded in 1993 by Buddhist philosopher, peacebuilder, and educator Daisaku Ikeda, the Ikeda Center's mission is to build cultures of peace through learning and dialogue. To that end, we host events, publish books, and produce original resources for our website. Upon our founding, Mr. Ikeda presented us with these mottos: "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."

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Founding Lecture

Our founding lecture is called “Mahayana Buddhism and 21st Century Civilization.”
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The Ikeda Center

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What's New?

GMU panel

We have now posted our in-depth report from the February book launch event for Peacebuilding Through Dialogue, hosted by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Click through to discover the panelists' diverse perspectives on the challenges to dialogue and the practices that make it succeed!

On Wednesday, February 27, the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University hosted a book launch panel discussion event for the Center's newest publication, Peacebuilding Through Dialogue. In his opening remarks, the Center's Mitch Bogen identified four central ideas from Daisaku Ikeda that illuminate the foundations of successful dialogue. Click through to read about these ideas!

Center founder Daisaku Ikeda has just released the English translation of his 2019 Peace Proposal, "Toward a New Era of Peace and Disarmament: A People-Centered Approach." As with previous proposals, it combines thematic philosophical framing with specific policy proposals and action steps. In other words, how we see the world impacts how we act in it. Click through for more!

We have created a great way for you to engage with some of the core ideas animating our new multi-author volume, "Peacebuilding Through Dialogue." In a new section of our website, you will find substantial excerpts from each of the book's thirteen chapters, as well as from editor Peter Stearns's Introduction and Conclusion and Daisaku Ikeda's Foreword. Click through to view!

To be able to overcome failure, often one must transform one's view of what failure is. Is it really something to be feared? Are the consequences of failure as dire as we frequently imagine they will be? What is the relationship between success and failure? Click through to learn how participants answered these questions at our January 25th Dialogue Nights.

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