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Ikeda Forum Panel

Our signature event is the annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue. Read more

Donna Hicks

Author Donna Hicks spoke on the topic of dignity in early 2015. Read more

A steadfast commitment to dialogue is first among our core convictions. Read more

Sarah Wider

Sarah Wider spoke about the publication of The Art of True Relations. Learn about our books


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You can read feature articles on all Ikeda Center events at our Themes page. Read more

Featured Video

Here is our new video (Aug. '14) introducing the mission, vision, and activities of the Ikeda Center. Many of the speakers in this clip are featured in the Thinkers & Themes section of our website. Please share with your friends!



“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”

~ Daisaku Ikeda


The Ikeda Center is an institute for peace, learning, and dialogue located in Cambridge, Mass. Since 1993, we have been engaging diverse scholars, activists, and social innovators in the search for the ideas and solutions that will assist in the peaceful evolution of humanity.
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What's New?

Ved Nanda

Ved Nanda recently spoke at the Ikeda Center about themes from "Our World To Make: Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Rise of Global Civil Society," which he co-authored with Daisaku Ikeda. During his remarks he said, “Please know that it’s not simply governments that at the present time are going to bring about change." Rather, “we as individuals, we as part of civil society,” have the ability and responsibility to work for and bring about positive change. Click to read more!

Continuing with our recent focus on dignity, this year’s Ikeda Forum, scheduled for Saturday, October 24, will explore complexities and opportunities related to this important topic. Building on themes that were raised at last year’s Forum, we will consider dignity in relation to peace, global citizenship, and justice. Click to learn more and RSVP for this free event!

Peter Stearns

Peter Stearns, one of the speakers at our upcoming Ikeda Forum, is University Professor at George Mason University, where he also served as provost from 2000 to June 2015. He is widely published in a range of subject areas including world history, social history, globalization, and the history of emotions. This interview covers themes related to his 2014 title, Peace in World History. Please click to learn more about the past, present, and future of peace!

Just out, our newest title is called "Our World To Make: Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Rise of Global Civil Society." It features Ved Nanda, a distinguished figure in international law, in dialogue with Buddhist leader and Center founder Daisaku Ikeda. The dialogue opens with the authors discussing common tenets and values of Hinduism and Buddhism and how these have inspired them both as individuals and as activists devoted to global peace and well-being. The book concludes with a discussion of promising developments in fields such as human rights and international justice. More than just informative, "Our World To Make" is a victory for hope. Click to learn more.

Anita Patterson

In four new video clips, recorded July 2015, Anita Patterson discusses the influence of Emerson and how she creates a classroom experience conducive to reverence, peace building, and hope. Dr. Patterson is a literature professor at Boston University whose work focuses on American literature, modernism, and black poetry of the Americas, and a longtime friend of the Ikeda Center.