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?

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On July 29, Dialogue Nights returned as an in-person event! After two years and six virtual events, nearly 30 Boston-area university students and young professionals returned to the Ikeda Center for an evening of joyful, rejuvenating dialogue, in the process experiencing what one participant called a “fun, real, connecting space.” Click through for a full report on this fulfilling evening.

On Saturday, July 16, the Ikeda Center hosted its first in-person event since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020. The occasion was the launch of the 2022 Global Citizens Seminar in which seven doctoral students are gathering for two seminars and engaging in a collaborative project based on Daisaku Ikeda's 2022 Peace Proposal, "Transforming Human History: The Light of Peace and Dignity." Click through for a report on the seminar!

This fall, our annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue will be held in person for the first time since 2019! To celebrate this welcome development, we have created a web resource presenting brief highlights from each of the 17 Ikeda Forums held to date. Check it out! It's a great way to a sense for the kinds of ideas and insights that have animated this joyous gathering for going on two decades now.

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Are you a fan of the Ikeda Center's The Dialogue Studio? Hosted by Lillian I, the podcasts do a deep dive into the philosophy and practice of dialogue in all dimensions of our lives. Frequently thought of as just a conflict resolution tool, dialogue actually is more of a way of life that brings value and meaning to all our relationships. Click through to hear our newest episodes!

In 2021, Middleway Press published "The Light of Learning: Selected Writings on Education," by Daisaku Ikeda. In a new essay called "Honoring the Child in Front of You: Understanding the Place of the Individual in the Education Philosophy of Daisaku Ikeda," Mitch Bogen considers the book's central theme of educating for "the infinite potential" of each and every student.

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