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?

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!

As part of its Education Fellows program, the Ikeda Center convenes a gathering in Cambridge halfway through each two-year cycle of the program. The current fellows, each of whom is doing doctoral work relating to some aspect of Soka, or value creating, education, are able to engage in dialogue with the program’s Advisory Council members about their progress on their respective research and dissertations.

Elora Chowdhury

In May, the Center hosted its second seminar for established and emerging scholars on the topic of dignity. On hand to lead a discussion on "Dignity Re-examined" were education professors Zeena Zakharia and Patricia Krueger-Henney from UMass Boston and Jason Goulah from DePaul University. They were accompanied by doctoral candidates from their respective programs. Click through for an in-depth article!

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