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George Mason University (GMU) outside of Washington D.C. in Fairfax, Virginia, is an educational institution with a strong presence of currently active military service men and women, as well as veterans of the U.S. armed services. This made it an ideal venue for the Center’s most recent seminar, held October 17, 2013, and co-sponsored with GMU, which explored the theme, “Global Citizenship and Cultural Assumptions About Peace and the Military.”

In brief introductory remarks, Center director Richard Yoshimachi explained that the seminar’s purpose was to “bring the thoughts of...

Nel Noddings

Nel Noddings is Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University, and past president of the National Academy of Education, the Philosophy of Education Society, and the John Dewey Society. Known for her work on the ethics of care, her many books include Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education. A former public school mathematics teacher and a mother of ten, Dr. Noddings’ work is grounded in richly lived experience.

She talked with Ikeda Center publications associate Mitch Bogen in July 2013 about her...

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In his 20th Anniversary message, Daisaku Ikeda said: "Whatever country we hail from or interests we represent, in the end we are all human. We are comrades together confronting the universal human experiences of birth, aging, sickness and death. Our lives are like precious gems bearing within them an indomitable force for good. We were all born of mothers whose deepest desire is for peace. When we unclench hearts closed like fists, and listen and speak with honesty and integrity, we can discover the shared resonance of our souls. When we open ourselves to learn from our differences, we...

Daisaku Ikeda

Be the heart of a network of global citizens, a bridge for dialogue between civilizations, and a beacon lighting the way to a century of life! This was the vision Daisaku Ikeda offered to guide the work of the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (now the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue), soon after he founded it in September 1993. Twenty years later, on Saturday, September 28, the Center hosted a celebratory gathering of many of the scholars and friends who have helped to realize Mr. Ikeda’s vision over the course of the last two decades.

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Richard Yoshimachi

Please visit our photo gallery of our 20th Anniversary celebration, held at the Ikeda Center in Cambridge on Saturday, September 28, 2013. This gallery includes images from the pre-program refreshment period, the two hour program of talks, performance, and discussion, and the post-program reception at the Harvard Faculty Club. Space does not allow for photos of all our guests, staff, and vounteers, but we hope that the images included here convey the spirit of peace and fellowship that defined the day.

View the photo gallery here...

Bernice Lerner

In her contribution to our "Thoughts On Our Convictions" feature, Bernice Lerner reflected on convictions 1 and 3, having to do with dialogue and faith in people's potential for good, respectively. In her reflection she quotes Hannah Senesh: “There are stars whose light reaches the earth long after they have disintegrated and are no more. And there are men whose scintillating memory lights the world long after they have passed from it. These lights which shine in the darkest night are those which illuminate for us the path.” Dr. Bernice Lerner is director of adult learning at Hebrew...

Joel Myerson

Joel Myerson is Carolina Distinguished Professor of American Literature, Emeritus, at the University of South Carolina, participated with Ronald A. Bosco and Daisaku Ikeda in the dialogue Creating Waldens: An East‑West Conversation on the American Renaissance (2009). He has published over fifty books on American Renaissance authors. For our special section featuring scholars' reflections on our core convictions, Dr. Myerson addressed conviction five, Reform of Self Is Essential to...

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Thanks for sharing in our Twentieth Anniversary year. This section features short reflections on our core convictions contributed by diverse scholars from our Ikeda Center community. As with all our work, we encourage individuals to provide their unique perspectives on values and principles that flow out of Buddhism and are universal in scope and applicability. As or September 28 we have fifteen reflections posted. We will continue to post reflections throughout the fall, so please check back.

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Cambridge

View a new photo gallery showing scenes from our Cambridge and Harvard neighborhood.

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Masao Yokota

In February 2013, former Center president Masao Yokota sat down with Ikeda Center publications associate Mitch Bogen to discuss the process of founding the Center twenty years ago, in 1993. The interview proved a good opportunity to establish a timeline of events and talk about many of the key people involved in the founding. It also served as a time to consider Daisaku Ikeda's vision for the Center and the ideals and values that guided the activities of the Center's original team of staff and advisors. Among those values were twin commitments to listening...

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