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.

Learn about the history, mission, vision, values, and people that shape our work.Learn about the history, mission, vision, values, and people that shape our work.Encounter essays, interviews, lectures, and articles exploring diverse facets of our work.

What's New?

The Ikeda Center promotes the humanistic education philosophy and model called Soka, or value-creating, education. First developed by Tsunesaburo Makiguchi in Japan in the first half of the 20th century, Soka education resonates both with Buddhist humanism and humanistic education in the tradition of John Dewey. Soka education is an emerging field of study in the United States and abroad. To serve as an introduction to Soka education and to further research we created an annotated bibliography of sources exploring multiple dimensions of this important educational movement. You can view the newly updated (08/16) bibliography in our About section or click here to link over.

Ann Diller

On June 17 the Center held a panel discussion featuring top education scholars who drew on the works of John Dewey and Daisaku Ikeda to explain why humanistic education, as it has developed over the last century, is so well suited to education for global citizenship. The speakers were professors Jason Goulah, Larry Hickman, Ann Diller, and Jim Garrison. Click to read an in-depth article about the discussion.

Daisaku Ikeda

Twenty years ago this month, in June 1996, Center founder Daisaku Ikeda delivered a forward-looking talk at Teachers College, Columbia University, called "Thoughts on Education for Global Citizenship." To commemorate the 20th anniversary of that lecture, this blog essay considers how Mr. Ikeda grounds the elements of global citizenship education in Buddhist philosophy.

Ikeda and Weizsacker

Now available for purchase: "Knowing Our Worth: Conversations on Energy and Sustainability," by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and Daisaku Ikeda. Throughout their dialogue, the authors discuss how we can we meet the challenge of globally transitioning to clean, efficient, and renewable energy sources. Solutions, they say, must blend innovative policies with human wisdom, compassion, and restraint.

USF audience

As much as we want to "increase the peace," sometimes we also want to "increase the confrontation." This comment by educator, author, and activist Matt Meyer captured the tone of the recent panel discussion "Glimmers of Hope: Peace Education Around the Globe," co-sponsored by the Ikeda Center and the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Education. Click to read an in-depth article on the event!

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