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."

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Two panelists at 2019 Ikeda Forum

The 2019 Ikeda Forum was called "Can Dialogue Save the World? Exploring the Power of Human Connections." The event was the end result of a several-month-long experiment in intergenerational dialogue. Six Boston-area young professionals reported on what they learned through the process of engaging in sustained dialogue with four scholar-friends of the Ikeda Center. This was the first youth-led Ikeda Forum. Click through to read about their transformative dialogues!

Three Ikeda Forum presenters

On Friday, Oct 25th, more than 110 participants joined us for the 15th Annual Ikeda Forum: "Can Dialogue Save The World? Exploring the Power of Human Connections." This year's forum featured eight youth presenters who participated in a 5-6 month dialogue experiment with Boston-area scholars seeking to answer the question: "What kind of inner transformation does one experience through sustained dialogue with another informed by Daisaku Ikeda's philosophy?" Click through to view a photo gallery of the event!

Movie Nights Sept 2019

The Ikeda Center hosted its second-ever Movie Nights event on Friday, September 27. Participants gathered to watch the film "American Textures." In this 2016 documentary, six Black, White, and Latino young people travel together across the United States. In the process they learn to engage truthfully about matters of race, identity, and community.

Ikeda Center audience

This year's Ikeda Forum, "Can Dialogue Save The World? Exploring the Power of Human Connections," will highlight the experiences of eight young professionals who have engaged in sustained dialogues with four Boston-area scholars. Please join us on October 25 at 6:30pm!

Anna Kowanko and Chloe McElligott

The fourth Dialogue Nights of 2019 attracted fifty Boston-area university students and young professionals who were eager to talk about friendship and how it brings hope and courage to our lives. The big question that participants tackled was whether friendship can serve as an antidote to the kind of despair associated with climate change and other severe global crises. Click through to read an article on the event!

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