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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Flyer for the 17th Annual Ikeda Forum with a Zoom photo of the panelists

Our 17th annual Ikeda Forum titled, "Becoming Wide Awake to Our Wisdom, Courage, and Compassion: Global Citizenship as Action and Identity," will be held virtually on Saturday, December 11th from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET!
This year's forum will feature a presentation by Dr. Awad Ibrahim, followed by an intergenerational panel discussion with Dr. Ibrahim, Dr. Jason Goulah, and emerging scholars Meylin Gonzales, Seonmi Jin, Archish Mittal, and Handrio Nurhan. We hope you will join us as we explore how each of us can invoke these qualities of wisdom, courage, and compassion in our own lives. RSVP today!

Dialogue Studio logo

In this special episode of the Dialogue Studio, host Lillian I speaks with Ikeda Center’s recently appointed Executive Director Kevin Maher about the Center’s work and mission; memorable moments from his 19 years at the Center; how dialogue has played a role in his life; and much more.

Oct '21 DN

On October 28, we hosted our final Virtual Dialogue Nights of 2021. Called “Embracing Our Vulnerability: Our Path to Genuine Growth,” it featured more than 30 participants joining from many time zones around the world. We know the benefits of being strong during challenging times. But what are benefits of being, not weak, but at least vulnerable at such times? Click through to find out!

Johnny Lupinacci

In this new video interview, the acclaimed educator Johnny Lupinacci talks with the Ikeda Center's Anri Tanabe and Mitch Bogen on the diverse aspects of inclusively teaching for peace in both K - 12 and higher education settings. Dr. Lupinacci is a professor of education at Washington State University. He also contributed a chapter to the Center's newest book, Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context.

On October 14, Gutman Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Education hosted a book talk event celebrating the publication of of our newest title, Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context. Click through to learn what editors Isabel Nuñez and Jason Goulah said about how the book came to be and what they learned in the process of developing it.

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