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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What's New?

Each January, Daisaku Ikeda issues a peace proposal to the United Nations. In this reflection on the 2017 Proposal, Stephen Gould of Lesley University offers a call to action for educators and others based on Ikeda's ideas, which offer a vision for global citizenship in which we unite in three core causes: the abolition of nuclear weapons, providing aid to refugees, and building a culture of human rights.

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The field of soka education studies took a big step forward this June. That’s when fourteen education scholars gathered to discuss how the practice of soka, or value-creating, education can revitalize US education. Their conclusion? The key act of value creation would be to revive the sense of joy too often missing from today's education landscape. Read our report, called "Can Education Be Joyful?"

New from Middleway Press (published this spring in association with the Center's Dialogue Path Press), is a collection of essays from Daisaku Ikeda called "Hope Is a Decision." The book is published by Middleway Press in association with the Center's Dialogue Path Press. The essays cover a wide range of topics, with a common theme being an exploration of ways in which anyone can connect their personal search for strength, wisdom, and hope to the collective desire to bring about a just, humane, and caring society.

In this April 2017 seminar, Anita Patterson of Boston University talked with Boston-area university students about how deep engagement with literature offers unique, even practical benefits for transcending polarization. Dr. Patterson shared findings about the power of literature gained from her many years’ experience teaching courses in American literature at BU. Read an article on the event!

Patterson Seminar

On April 12th the Ikeda Center hosted a seminar featuring Anita Patterson, Professor of English at Boston University, in dialogue with a dozen Boston-area university students. The topic was "The Role of Literature in Times of Division." Click through to view a photo gallery of the event.

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