20 Years of Peace, Learning, and Dialogue

Mary Catherine Bateson and Nur Yalman

Editor's note: It is now 2016, but we will keep this section viewable since so many unique materials exploring our history and values reside here.

The year 2013 marked the 20th anniversary of the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue. Originally called the Boston Reseach Center for the 21st Century, we were founded by Buddhist thinker and leader Daisaku Ikeda as a nonprofit institute dedicated to dialogue as the surest path to peace. We became the Ikeda Center in 2009, a name that more clearly communicates our mission. 

The Founding Lecture

In September 1993, Daisaku Ikeda delivered a lecture titled “Mahayana Buddhism and Twenty-first Century Civilization” at Harvard University, in which he highlighted the contributions Mahayana Buddhism can make to the peaceful evolution of humanity. Soon after, he established our Center in Cambridge as a tangible commitment to engaging diverse voices in this quest.
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Founder's Messages

Located in Tokyo and no longer travelling overseas, Daisaku Ikeda takes the opportunity of special occasions to communicate his vision for the Ikeda Center, which is that our work on behalf of peace and well being must be global in scope and intention.
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20th Anniversary Celebration

On September 28, 2013, the Center hosted a celebratory gathering of many of the scholars and friends who have helped to realize Mr. Ikeda’s vision of dialogue as the surest path to peace.
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Timeline and History

In this section you will find a detailed timeline of our activities and interviews on our history, values, and growth.
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Thoughts on Our Convictions

This section features short reflections on our core convictions contributed by diverse scholars from our community. As with all our work, we encourage individuals to provide their unique perspectives on values and principles that flow out of Buddhism and are universal in scope and applicability.
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Messages of Appreciation

On the occasion of our 20th anniversary, members of our community offered reflections on things appreciate about our work.
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