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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What's New?

On July 16, we hosted our third virtual dialogue event of the year, called "The Poetic Spirit: Our Power to Reconnect a Divided World"! It centered around a panel discussion between Dr. Sarah Wider (Professor of English, Colgate University) and Ikeda Center Youth Committee members Isaiah Moon and Valentina Frasisti. Two hundred fifty participants from 19 countries joined via Zoom. Click through for an in-depth article on the event.

This new interview with Bernice Lerner celebrates the publication of her book "All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen." The girl of the title is Lerner's mother, Rachel Genuth, who narrowly survived the trials and atrocities of the Nazi concentration camps. The doctor is Brigadier H. L. Glyn Hughes, who was in charge of medicine for the British Second Army, which liberated Bergen-Belsen on April 15, 1945. Most movingly, Lerner also tells the story of her mother's reemergence into the world after the war.

We held our second virtual panel discussion event on June 11 with more than 250 people attending from 19 countries around the world! The panel featured Dr. Ceasar McDowell of MIT and Ikeda Center Student Ambassadors Giulia Pellizzato and Anthony Jojola who shared thoughts on the power and necessity of asking deep and thoughtful questions as we attempt to move forward in the quest for just, healthy, and thriving communities. Click through for an in-depth article!

As a center committed to peace, justice and the dignity of all people, we stand in solidarity with everyone across the United States and the world who is demonstrating to end systemic racism and violence. The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and countless others reflect a disregard for Black lives that has plagued this country for far too long. Enough is enough. Black Lives Matter.

Zoom Screenshot Image From The First Ever Virtual Dialogue

With the cancellation of all large gatherings and shelter-in-place in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday, April 16, 2020, the Ikeda Center hosted its first ever virtual dialogue called “A Time To Reflect & Reimagine: Creating A Better Future Now.“ The event featured a youth-led panel discussion and was attended by 133 participants from 16 countries around the world. Click through to read more about the event!

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