The year 2013 marks 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 for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue in 2009, a name we selected to more clearly communicate our mission. Please use the left navigation to engage with resources created and organized for our anniversary year.
In September 1993, Daisaku Ikeda, who is President of the Soka Gakkai International, an international lay Buddhist organization with 12 million members worldwide, 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 the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century in Cambridge as a tangible commitment to the spirit behind his talk — the spirit to engage diverse voices in contributing value to humanity. For this reason, we refer to the 1993 talk as our "founding lecture."