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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What's New?

This fall we are celebrating our 25th anniversary as an institute devoted to peace, learning, and dialogue! To commemorate this milestone, we invite you to engage with our founding lecture: Daisaku Ikeda's 1993 Harvard University address, "Mahayana Buddhism and 21st Century Civilization." Click to read a full transcript!

The publication of "Peace Justice, and the Poetic Mind," co-authored by Stuart Rees and Daisaku Ikeda, provides a nice opportunity to highlight our section devoted to poems on peace-related themes. It features works from fifteen poets, ranging from Emily Dickinson to Kahlil Gibran, Sonia Sanchez to Wendell Berry. Both Rees and Ikeda are poets, and the section features contributions from each. Click through to view!

Students and young professionals are invited to join us the evening of Friday, October 19 for our next Dialogue Nights. The theme is "Creating Hope Together: What Is the Role of Dialogue?" Come help us commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of our fall 1993 founding! Click through for more details.

Our newest Dialogue Path Press title is now available for purchase! Called "Peace, Justice, and the Poetic Mind," it features Daisaku Ikeda in dialogue with Stuart Rees, founding director of Sydney's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Click though to learn more!

On July 27th, nearly sixty university students and young professionals turned out for the seventh Ikeda Center Dialogue Nights, this time on the theme of “Breaking Gender Stereotypes: Revealing Our True Nature.” The main purpose of the evening was to discuss how to challenge and overcome the gender stereotypes that hold all of us back from achieving our full human potential.

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