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One of the core purposes of the Ikeda Center is to invite contemporary scholars into dialogue with the philosophy of our founder, Daisaku Ikeda, offering fresh perspectives on the principles that animate his work, and ours. In that spirit, on May 12, the Center hosted its second Indigo Talks lecture, featuring Dr. Johnny Lupinacci, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education at Washington State University. In a talk called "Envisioning A Better World Together Through Value Creation, Interdependence, and Creative Coexistence," he urged us to look at the deepest...

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With the American Educational Research Association convening in person for the first time since 2019, it seemed a perfect opportunity to bring together many of the contributors to our newest title, Hope and Joy in Education, for a panel discussion exploring key themes from the book, now one year after its publication by Teachers College Press in April 2021. Organized by volume co-editors Jason Goulah of DePaul University and Isabel Nuñez of Purdue University Fort Wayne, the event also...

The Ikeda Center was founded by Daisaku Ikeda as the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century on September 24, 1993, the day of his Harvard University lecture, “Mahayana Buddhism and Twenty-first Century Civilization.” In 2009, Mr. Ikeda agreed to our request to change our name to the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue, which reflects our founders commitment to these ideals and more clearly expresses the objectives of our work.From the start, center programs have focused on the mission of bringing...

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We are thrilled to share that our latest title, Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context, has received a 2022 Society of Professors of Education (SPE) Outstanding Book Award! This is tremendous recognition by one of the oldest and most respected academic associations in the country. The Award was announced at the (virtual) SPE conference on Saturday, April 23 that was attended by more than 60 scholars in the field of education....

The first Dialogue Nights of 2022 was held on March 4th, nearly two years to the day after businesses, restaurants, and institutions of all sorts started shutting down because of the rapidly-spreading COVID virus. At this point, very few of us aren't exhausted on some level by the whole thing, which is why, said Center Program Manager Lillian I, the planning team chose to address this reality head on during the evening's conversation. Called "Countering Burnout with the Power of Connection," the virtual gathering was the 20th Dialogue Nights since the inception of the series in...

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Each year, Center founder Daisaku Ikeda releases a peace proposal that offers clear steps members of the international community can take to increase global peace, understood in a holistic sense. We are pleased to announce that the 2022 proposal is available for viewing online! In these opening remarks from the synopsis of the proposal, Mr. Ikeda sets the stage for his discussion of the three main areas...

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Happy 2022! In this first episode of the new year, host Lillian I speaks with two members of the Center's youth steering committee Anna Lane and Jason Henriksen. They share their perspectives on how dialogue can help us navigate the many challenges we are currently facing. Tune in to hear their favorite quotes on dialogue, tips for engaging with others during the pandemic, and their personal experiences with dialogue!

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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, which launched in 2017. As regulars of Dialogue Nights, Ana and Isaiah share memories of their first event, highlights over the years, and how their understanding and practice of dialogue has evolved since first coming to events at the Ikeda Center. 

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With nearly 250 participants attending from 27 countries via Zoom, the 2021 Ikeda Forum exemplified a uniquely 21st century version of global citizenship. Enabling so many people in so many far flung locations to dialogue face to face about topics of importance to humankind is a technological gift that holds great potential for fostering global cultures of peace. Yet the core insight of the forum, which was based on Daisaku Ikeda’s conception of global citizenship, was that while the making of international connections is valuable, the journey toward becoming a true global citizen begins...

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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. Listen to the end to hear one of Kevin’s favorite quotes from Center founder Daisaku Ikeda!

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