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."


About the Ikeda Center

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What's New?

In 2021, Middleway Press published "The Light of Learning: Selected Writings on Education," by Daisaku Ikeda. In a new essay called "Honoring the Child in Front of You: Understanding the Place of the Individual in the Education Philosophy of Daisaku Ikeda," Mitch Bogen considers the book's central theme of educating for "the infinite potential" of each and every student.

On May 27, the Ikeda Center hosted its sixth and final “virtual” Dialogue Nights, with the plan being to return to in-person events this summer, more than two years after they were suspended in 2020 because of the pandemic. The evening’s topic was “The Path of Dialogue: Paving The Way to a Hopeful Future.” Click through for an in-depth report!

On May 12, the Center hosted its second Indigo Talks lecture, this time featuring Dr. Johnny Lupinacci of Washington State University. In a talk called "Envisioning A Better World Together Through Value Creation, Interdependence, and Creative Coexistence," he urged us to look at the deepest dynamics at play in a world that is unbalanced in so many ways. Click through for an in-depth report!

With the American Educational Research Association convening in person for the first time since 2019, it seemed a perfect opportunity to bring together many of the contributors to Hope and Joy in Education for a panel discussion exploring key themes from the book. Organized by volume co-editors Jason Goulah of DePaul University and Isabel Nuñez of Purdue University Fort Wayne, the event also featured chapter contributors Francyne Huckaby of Texas Christian University, Nozomi Inukai of DePaul University, John Lupinacci of Washington State University, and D. Joe Ohlinger of Purdue University Fort Wayne. Click through for a report!

Since 2015, our About Us section has featured a brief essay introducing the general contours of the history and programs of the Ikeda Center, originally founded as the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century. Written at the request of Soka Global for publication on their website. As we know, time can pass in a hurry. So when Soka Global asked us to create a new version of the intro essay, we gladly agreed! Click through to read.

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