Building Cultures of Peace Through Learning and Dialogue

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. For guidance, Center founder Daisaku Ikeda bequeathed us these three 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."

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Founding Lecture

Our founding lecture is called “Mahayana Buddhism and 21st Century Civilization.”
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What's New?

Seminar

On February 10, eleven Boston-area university students joined facilitators Betty Reardon and Zeena Zakharia for a daylong seminar on the challenges of advancing the new movement toward nuclear weapons abolition. The interactive gathering was carefully structured in order to 1) elicit from students their view of what the major obstacles are that inhibit progress on nuclear weapons abolition; and 2) to help them visualize a clear sequence of action steps that ultimately will result in the entering into force of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

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!

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!

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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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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