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?

There is a special kind of excitement that comes from knowing you are coming together online with more than 300 other global citizens, representing 27 countries around the world. That was the case with our 16th Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, held on Dec 10, 2020. Five panelists, including two scholars and three young people, explored the topic, “Value Creation: Our Unlimited Power to Face Overwhelming Challenges.” Click through for a detailed article on the event.

Mr. Yoshiki Tanigawa, President of the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue, recently announced a staff leadership change to take effect on January 1, 2021. Mr. Tanigawa said the board of the Ikeda Center has appointed Kevin Maher, the Center’s current Program Director, as the next Executive Director. Virginia Benson, who has served as Executive Director for 19 of the Center’s 27 years, will become Senior Executive Advisor, continuing to work on a part-time basis for the Center. Click through to learn more!

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We are pleased to share that from now through the end of January, all of our Dialogue Path Press books are on sale for the unbeatable price of $7 per book, plus shipping & handling!

Zoom screenshot of the Ikeda Center Staff and Ikeda Forum Panelists waving

On Thursday, December 10th, we held our 16th Annual Ikeda Forum, "Value Creation: Our Unlimited Power To Face Overwhelming Challenges!" Please stay tuned for an in-depth article on the event!

In this new essay, the Center's Mitch Bogen explores how participants in Daisaku Ikeda's published dialogues celebrate dialogue's unique ability to awaken the inner capacities that form the core of peacebuilding activities. Click through to learn how dialogue summons what Ikeda calls "true words of the heart."

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