Remembering Vincent Harding

Humanity has lost a friend of the truest kind. On May 19, 2014, historian Vincent Harding passed away, due to complications from an aneurysm. A friend and advisor to Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Harding was a towering, irreplaceable figure in the fields of peace, justice, religious pluralism, and social transformation. Over the course of nearly two decades, we at the Ikeda Center have benefited beyond measure from his wisdom. We are deeply grateful for the many contributions he made to our programs and publications. Please click to read more.

“The Invisible Arrow of Prejudice, War, and Conflict.”

We hosted our first Dialogue Nights event of 2018 on January 19, when more than forty Boston-area students and young professionals gathered at the Ikeda Center to discuss “The Invisible Arrow of Prejudice, War, and Conflict.” Click through to read about highlights from the event and to view a photo gallery!

A Report from Dialogue Nights 3

On Friday, December 1, the Ikeda Center welcomed nearly 50 Boston-area students and young professionals for our third Dialogue Nights event of Fall 2017, this time featuring guest facilitator Ceasar McDowell, Professor of Civic Design at MIT. The evening’s theme was “The Power of Raised Voices: Do You Know More Than You Can Say?” Click to read a feature article on the event!

Special Holiday Season Book Offer!

Now, through January 31, 2018, we are offering all of our Dialogue Path Press titles for five dollars off the already low price of $12.95 per book. These titles feature Daisaku Ikeda in conversation with eminent scholars exploring and celebrating peace, learning, and dialogue. Click through to purchase our reduced price titles!

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Students Tackle Nuclear Weapons Abolition

Our report on the October 14 student seminar on nuclear weapons abolition is now posted to the Environmental and Global Ethics section of our website. During the seminar, which was facilitated by pioneering feminist peace educator Betty Reardon and Zeena Zakharia of UMass Boston, fifteen Boston-area university students engaged in critical thinking activities aimed at developing creative solutions to the global challenge of nuclear weapons abolition.

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Dialogue Nights #2 Photo Gallery!

Our new Dialogue Nights series continued on Wednesday, October 25, with another great gathering of young Bostonians. The theme for the evening was "Life-to-Life Encounters in a Digital World." During the discussion the positive dimensions of our digital lives were celebrated; after all, the event itself would not even have taken place if not for social media. Yet all agreed that there is a sense of authenticity and the potential for deep, life-changing connections that can only happen in person. The dialogue was once again moderated by the Ikeda Center's Lillian I. Click through to view a photo gallery of the event!

New Education Fellows Call for Proposals

We're excited to announce our latest call for proposals for our Education Fellows program, which we established in 2007 to advance research and scholarship on the internationally growing field of Soka education. Up to two Fellows will be selected by an Advisory Council of leading education scholars. Fellows will be eligible for two years of funding at $10,000 per year, with the second year contingent on proof of progress. Successful applicants will be expected to submit a final written statement along with their dissertation and abstract upon completion. We are accepting applications from December 1, 2017 to March 1, 2018.

Betty Reardon: Alternative Thinking & Nuclear Abolition

It was heartening to see the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) win the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize! As recent events have demonstrated, complacency and defeatism are no longer acceptable responses to the challenge of abolishing nuclear weapons. Yet these modes of thinking are deeply ingrained. Like ICAN, feminist peace educator and civil society activist Betty Reardon insists that confronting the uncreative thinking that has led to our untenable status quo is an important first step on the path toward abolition. In this new Ikeda Center essay, called "An Experiment in Alternative Thinking About Global Issues," Dr. Reardon issues a resolute wake up call. Click through to read.

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Dialogue Night Photo Gallery!

On Wednesday, September 27, the Ikeda Center hosted its first ever dialogue night for students and young professionals. Conceptualized and moderated by the Center's Lillian I, the event was the first in what will become a regular series. The purpose is to provide ongoing opportunities for young people to discuss their concerns about the world and to find ways to transform these challenges through the power of dialogue. Click through to view a photo gallery!

Seven Dimensions of Daisaku Ikeda’s Philosophy of Hope

To celebrate the publication of "Hope Is a Decision," a new collection of Daisaku Ikeda's essays, we asked co-editor of the volume Jeff Farr to share what he considers the main components of Daisaku Ikeda's philosophy of hope. The result is this new essay. Enjoy.

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