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On Friday, November 30th, we held our 14th Annual Ikeda Forum, which explored the timely theme: "How Do We Practice Human Rights? A Dialogue on Dignity and Justice in Daily Life." More than one hindred participants joined our three panelists (Catia Confortini of Wellesley College, Elora Chowdhury of UMass Boston, and Jason Goulah of DePaul University) to discuss what it means to live in dignity, what a culture of human rights looks like, and what each of us can do in our daily life to create this culture. Participants shared a number of human rights "determininations...

We are excited to announce our return to the publishing of multi-author volumes with the December 1st release of Peacebuilding Through Dialogue: Education, Human Transformation, and Conflict Resolution. Here's what Melanie Greenberg of Humanity United says about this "groundbreaking" book.

“This vibrant, insightful volume sheds new light on dialogue processes that serve as the DNA of peacebuilding and help bridge the chasms of deeply divided societies. The book is especially groundbreaking in its focus on the links between ‘inner peace,’ including dynamics...

You're invited to our 14th annual Ikeda Forum
Friday, November 30th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Reception at 6:00

This year's theme is:

How Do We Practice Human Rights?
A Dialogue on Dignity and Justice in Daily Life

Please RSVP here to let us know...

Dialogue Nights circle

What better way to honor the Ikeda Center’s twenty-fifth anniversary as an institute devoted to peace, learning, and dialogue than to host an event engaging young people in a participatory investigation of the characteristics of genuine, transformative dialogue? Called “Creating Hope Together: What Is the Role of Dialogue?”, the October 19th Dialogue Nights for students and young professionals was inspired by themes from the writings of Daisaku Ikeda, including his 1993 lecture at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, considered the Center’s founding lecture.

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On September 24, 1993, Daisaku Ikeda lectured at Harvard University on the topic, "Mahayana Buddhism and 21st Century Civilization." Speaking at the invitation of eminent Harvard faculty Harvey Cox, John Kenneth Galbraith, and Nur Yalman, Mr. Ikeda outlined many of the themes that would inspire the founding of the Center later that year. These themes include: the wisdom of recognizing the cyclical continuity of life and death, providing a more balanced vision of existence; the necessity of ending our excessive focuses on our differences as humans; the benefit of judging religious practices...

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. The Rees poem is called ...

When: Friday, October 19, 7:00PM to 9:00PM, with reception at 6:00

What: Dialogue Nights

Theme: "Creating Hope Together: What is the Role of Dialogue?"

Who: Students and young professionals

In a lecture he gave at Harvard University in 1993, our founder Daisaku Ikeda shared, "Genuine dialogue results in the transformation of opposing viewpoints, changing them from wedges that drive people apart into bridges that link them together." Commemorating twenty-five years since his lecture and our...

Our newest Dialogue Path Press 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. The authors explore ways to create the conditions for peace across all sectors of society, how nonviolence can be employed in a variety of peacebuilding endeavors, and how poetry can help us envision pathways to a world where peace and justice are one.

Go here to learn more and...

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.” To open, Ikeda Center Program Manager Lillian I welcomed everyone and explained how the thinking of Center founder Daisaku Ikeda helped shape the evening’s approach to the topic. She said that for Mr. Ikeda, the “important thing is not that society come up with a particular model for how men and women ought to behave, but that people first and foremost make tenacious effort to live...

Dialogue Nights

The enthusiasm evident at the Ikeda Center’s third Dialogue Nights event of 2018, held on May 18, belied the evening’s organizing topic: “The Apathy Epidemic.” Instead, the energetic presence of more than forty Boston-area university students and young professionals modeled a compelling answer to the evening’s subtheme, which asked: “What Is the Cure?” The evening was a collaboration between the Ikeda Center and Massachusetts Peace Action (MAPA) Next Gen. Read an in-depth article on the event here!

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