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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We are pleased to announce the release of Daisaku Ikeda's 2021 peace proposal, titled “Value Creation in a Time of Crisis.” The proposal calls for further global cooperation to address the key issues of our time: the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, and the need to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Click through to learn more!

There is a special kind of excitement that comes from knowing you are coming together online with more than 300 other global citizens, representing 27 countries around the world. That was the case with our 16th Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, held on Dec 10, 2020. Five panelists, including two scholars and three young people, explored the topic, “Value Creation: Our Unlimited Power to Face Overwhelming Challenges.” Click through for a detailed article on the event.

We are thrilled to announce that as of January 1st, we have a new executive director, Kevin Maher! When outgoing executive director Virginia Benson announced this transition at the December Ikeda Forum, she described Maher as having “worked tirelessly at the Center with great skill, sincerity, and organizational brilliance for the last 18 years.” Benson, who was founding director of the Center and executive director for 19 of its 27 years, added that she “rejoices in the knowledge that the Center will have youthful energy and fresh ideas in the forefront.”

Zoom screenshot of the Ikeda Center Staff and Ikeda Forum Panelists waving

On Thursday, December 10th, we held our 16th Annual Ikeda Forum, "Value Creation: Our Unlimited Power To Face Overwhelming Challenges!" Please stay tuned for an in-depth article on the event!

In this new essay, the Center's Mitch Bogen explores how participants in Daisaku Ikeda's published dialogues celebrate dialogue's unique ability to awaken the inner capacities that form the core of peacebuilding activities. Click through to learn how dialogue summons what Ikeda calls "true words of the heart."

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