Building Cultures of Peace Through Learning and Dialogue

Founded in 1993, the Ikeda Center engages diverse scholars and social innovators in the search for the ideas and solutions that will assist in the peaceful evolution of individuals and humankind. To that end, we host events, publish books, and produce original resources for our website.

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Our founding lecture is called “Mahayana Buddhism and 21st Century Civilization.”
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What's New?

Dialogue Nights 3

On Friday, December 1, the Ikeda Center welcomed nearly 50 Boston-area students and young professionals for our third Dialogue Nights event of Fall 2017. The gathering featured Professor Ceasar McDowell of MIT leading everyone in an exploration of "The Power of Raised Voices." Employing a unique approach, Dr. McDowell facilitated a dialogue about dialogue, or rather, a dialogue about why so many of us are reluctant to engage in the kinds of conversations that are needed if we are to become a healthier, more harmonious society. Click through to view our photo gallery.

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Our report on the October 14 student seminar on nuclear weapons abolition is now posted to the Environmental and Global Ethics section of our website. During the seminar, which was facilitated by pioneering feminist peace educator Betty Reardon and Zeena Zakharia of UMass Boston, fifteen Boston-area university students engaged in critical thinking activities aimed at developing creative solutions to the global challenge of nuclear weapons abolition.

Dialogue Night 2

Our new Dialogue Nights series continued on Wednesday, October 25, with another great gathering of young Bostonians. The theme for the evening was "Life-to-Life Encounters in a Digital World." During the discussion the positive dimensions of our digital lives were celebrated; after all, the event itself would not even have taken place if not for social media. Yet all agreed that there is a sense of authenticity and the potential for deep, life-changing connections that can only happen in person. The dialogue was once again moderated by the Ikeda Center's Lillian I. Click through to view a photo gallery of the event!

We're excited to announce our latest call for proposals for our Education Fellows program, which we established in 2007 to advance research and scholarship on the internationally growing field of Soka education. Up to two Fellows will be selected by an Advisory Council of leading education scholars. Fellows will be eligible for two years of funding at $10,000 per year, with the second year contingent on proof of progress. Successful applicants will be expected to submit a final written statement along with their dissertation and abstract upon completion. We are accepting applications from December 1, 2017 to March 1, 2018.

It was heartening to see the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) win the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize! As recent events have demonstrated, complacency and defeatism are no longer acceptable responses to the challenge of abolishing nuclear weapons. Yet these modes of thinking are deeply ingrained. Like ICAN, feminist peace educator and civil society activist Betty Reardon insists that confronting the uncreative thinking that has led to our untenable status quo is an important first step on the path toward abolition. In this new Ikeda Center essay, called "An Experiment in Alternative Thinking About Global Issues," Dr. Reardon issues a resolute wake up call. Click through to read.

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