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.

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Founding Lecture

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

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.


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!

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.

We are excited to announce the newest publication from Dialogue Path Press! It's called "Shaping a New Society: Conversations on Economics, Education, and Peace," featuring Daisaku Ikeda in dialogue with the distinguished economist Lawrence J. Lau, formerly of Stanford University and now of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Click through to learn more and purchase!

Each January, Daisaku Ikeda issues a peace proposal to the United Nations. In this reflection on the 2017 Proposal, Stephen Gould of Lesley University offers a call to action for educators and others based on Ikeda's ideas, which offer a vision for global citizenship in which we unite in three core causes: the abolition of nuclear weapons, providing aid to refugees, and building a culture of human rights.

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