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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Founding Lecture

Our founding lecture is called “Mahayana Buddhism and 21st Century Civilization.”
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The Ikeda Center

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Thinkers & Themes

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What's New?

We are thrilled to announce the forthcoming, December 1st, publication of our new multi-author volume, Peacebuilding Through Dialogue: Education, Human Transformation, and Conflict Resolution. Edited by Dr. Peter Stearns, and featuring contributions from thirteen scholars, the book is unprecedented in its deep, yet cross-disciplinary investigation of dialogue as a peacebuilding practice. Click through to learn more!

This year's Ikeda Forum will be held on the evening of Friday, November 30, from 7:00 to 9:00. This year's theme is "How Do We Practice Human Rights? A Dialogue on Dignity and Justice in Daily Life." Please join us to engage in dialogue with panelists Elora Chowdhury, Catia Confortini, and Jason Goulah. Click through for more information and to RSVP!

Dialogue Nights circle

Another cohort of energetic, socially-conscious students and young professionals gathered at the Ikeda Center on Friday, October 18th for our latest Dialogue Nights event. The evening was designed to commemorate the Center's twenty-fifth anniversary by having attendees engage in a participatory investigation of the nature of genuine dialogue. Click through to learn more!

This fall we are celebrating our 25th anniversary as an institute devoted to peace, learning, and dialogue! To commemorate this milestone, we invite you to engage with our founding lecture: Daisaku Ikeda's 1993 Harvard University address, "Mahayana Buddhism and 21st Century Civilization." Click to read a full transcript!

The publication of "Peace Justice, and the Poetic Mind," co-authored by Stuart Rees and Daisaku Ikeda, provides a nice opportunity to highlight our section devoted to poems on peace-related themes. It features works from fifteen poets, ranging from Emily Dickinson to Kahlil Gibran, Sonia Sanchez to Wendell Berry. Both Rees and Ikeda are poets, and the section features contributions from each. Click through to view!

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