Defining Peace for the 21st Century

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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Founding Lecture

Our founding lecture is called “Mahayana Buddhism and 21st Century Civilization.”
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Thinkers & Themes

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What's New?

What better time than Thanksgiving to think about how gratitude can impact our lives and the lives of others for the better! This brief essay at the website of the Soka Gakkai International explores why gratitude is a core practice for Center founder Daisaku Ikeda in particular and Nichiren Buddhists in general. There's plenty of good advice here for the non-Buddhists among us as well.

2016 Ikeda Forum

We're pleased to post our in-depth article on this year's Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, held on October 27. The evening featured Ceasar McDowell of MIT and the Interaction Institute for Social Change exploring the structures and conditions needed to conduct effective dialogues in pursuit of community, inclusion, and true democracy. The piece is called "Spaces Where the Peaceful Struggle Can Happen." Click through to read!

IF16

We are delighted to present a photo gallery from last Thursday's Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, featuring Ceasar McDowell reflecting on the topic, "Crisis or Opportunity: A Dialogue on Democracy, Inclusion, and Community." Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. McDowell and all who attended! Click through to view.

We're excited to share this new essay by Natalie Evans, our Spring 2016 Northeastern University co-op program intern. Her piece is called "The Personal Is Social: Inner Transformation As the Foundation for Helping Others." In it, she explains why rejecting the "blame game" while taking responsibility for one's own beliefs and actions facilitates more effective contributions to both personal and social healing and well-being.

Gandhi

In this new (Sept. '16) essay, the Center's Mitch Bogen explores Gandhi's famous statement that “if we are to reach real peace in this world..., we shall have to begin with children.” What did Gandhi mean by that? What kind of education of youth would lead to peace, in his view? This piece explains how Gandhi's statement was inspired by Montessori education, how the Montessori method functions as peace education, and the implications of of Gandhi's conviction for today's educational environment. Click to read the essay!

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