Building Cultures of Peace Through Learning and Dialogue

Founded in 1993 by Buddhist philosopher, peacebuilder, and educator Daisaku Ikeda, the Ikeda Center's mission is to build cultures of peace through learning and dialogue. To that end, we host events, publish books, and produce original resources for our website. Upon our founding, Mr. Ikeda presented us with these mottos: "Be the heart of a network of global citizens. Be a bridge for dialogue between civilizations. Be a beacon lighting the way to a century of life."

Learn about the history, mission, vision, values, and people that shape our work.

Founding Lecture

Our founding lecture is called “Mahayana Buddhism and 21st Century Civilization.”
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The Ikeda Center

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Thinkers & Themes

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What's New?

Once again, we are holding a winter book sale during which all of our Dialogue Path Press (DPP) titles are available for five dollars off of the already low price of $12.95 per book (plus shipping and handling). DPP titles feature Center founder Daisaku Ikeda engaging in dialogue with diverse scholars and thought leaders on topics relating to peacebuilding, value creation, and global ethics. Click through to learn more, or go straight to our Book & Publications section to purchase!

We are thrilled to announce the publication of our new multi-author volume, Peacebuilding Through Dialogue: Education, Human Transformation, and Conflict Resolution. Edited by Dr. Peter Stearns, and featuring contributions from thirteen scholars, the book is unprecedented in its deep, yet cross-disciplinary investigation of dialogue as a peacebuilding practice. Click through to learn more!

Dignity seminar

We often hear about the problems and challenges that the United States and European countries face in dealing with the influx of refugees and other displaced people. Unfortunately, attention to the actual plight of these people is scarce in our public discourse. Last November, the Ikeda Center hosted a seminar for established and emerging scholars that sought to rectify this deficit. It was called “Reinvigorating Dignity in Displacement: A Dialogue Across Educational Communities," and you can click through to read an in-depth piece on the seminar.

IF18

After a break in 2017, the annual Ikeda Forum resumed in 2018 to explore the topic of human rights. A capacity crowd joined scholars Catia Confortini, Jason Goulah, and Elora Chowdhury to define what we really mean when we talk about human rights and how to take actions in support of human rights in daily life. Click though for an in-depth report from this exciting event!

December 18 Dialogue Nights

Our events for 2018 ended on a true high note on December 14 when a diverse group of Boston-area young people gathered for the year's final Dialogue Nights event. The room was infused with hope and optimism as more than thirty young professionals and university students explored the topic "Love: A Force Stronger Than Hate." Click though to view a photo gallery!

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