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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In this new essay, Mitch Bogen explores and celebrates the main cross-cutting themes In the Center's new multi-author volume, Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context. Above all, educators can promote hope and joy when they help students see the world as full of possibility and when they carefully create the conditions for these qualities to flourish in their classrooms. Click through to read!

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The Ikeda Center’s second virtual Dialogue Nights, held on May 14, 2021, was a timely one. Called “Unpacking COVID-19: What We Learned, What We Lost, and What We Will Carry Forward,” the evening event was designed to help participants make sense of what we've been through and what we can hope for as we move toward the "new normal." Click through for an article on the event!

The Ikeda Center’s newest book, Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context, launched in virtual but grand style on April 15. Nearly 300 attendees from 20 countries gathered on Zoom to hear editors Isabel Nuñez and Jason Goulah discuss their motivations and hopes for this groundbreaking multi-author volume, developed by the Ikeda Center and published by Teachers College Press.

We are thrilled to announce the publication of our newest title, "Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context"! Published by Teachers College Press in association with the Ikeda Center. In her foreword to the volume, Cynthia B. Dillard calls the book “a necessary text at a necessary time if we are to revitalize hope in the promise of education.” Click through to learn more about the book and purchase options!

Almost one year to the day that COVID-19 forced the cancellation of all in-person events at the Ikeda Center, the popular Dialogue Nights gathering for university students and young professionals returned in virtual form. The event featured an imagined conversation between inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and Center founder Daisaku Ikeda centering on their shared insistence that we all have the capacity to "author a new chapter" in our lives. Click through for more on the triumphant return of Dialogue Nights!

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