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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What's New?

Zoom Screenshot Image From The First Ever Virtual Dialogue

With the cancellation of all large gatherings and shelter-in-place in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday, April 16, 2020, the Ikeda Center hosted its first ever virtual dialogue called “A Time To Reflect & Reimagine: Creating A Better Future Now.“ The event featured a youth-led panel discussion and was attended by 133 participants from 16 countries around the world. Click through to read more about the event!

Please click through to read a message from our executive director, Virginia Benson, sharing gratitude for everyone working to keep us safe, as well as some thoughts from Daisaku Ikeda on maintaining hope and resolve during this uniquely challenging time.

Participants at the January 2020 Dialogue Nights

The first Dialogue Nights of 2020, held on January 31, was called "We Can Do It! Challenging Fear With Courage." Over the course of the evening, more than forty-five Boston-area university students and young professionals explored the forms of courage that manifests when we meet the myriad challenges of daily life. Click through for an in-depth article on the event.

Participant at the December 2019 Dialogue Nights

Held on December 13th, the final Dialogue Nights of 2019 was called “Millennial Challenge: Appreciating the Uncertain” and was attended by more than forty Boston-area university students and young professionals. It proceeded in true Dialogue Nights fashion, confronting head on an issue of deep concern for people in their 20s and 30s while engaging them in discussions that summon the potential for positive transformations. Click through for an article on the event!

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!

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