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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In this episode of the Dialogue Studio, host Lillian I speaks with Ikeda Center youth committee members Ana Pediet and Isaiah Moon about their experiences attending the Center’s Dialogue Nights event series.

On December 11th, nearly 250 participants from 27 countries joined online for our 17th annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue. Called “Becoming Wide Awake to Our Wisdom, Courage, and Compassion: Global Citizenship as Action and Identity,” the event featured a presentation by Dr. Awad Ibrahim of the University of Ottawa and a panel discussion with four emerging scholars. Click through for a detailed report from the event!

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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.

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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.

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