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?

We are pleased to announce our FIRST EVER Ikeda Center Virtual Dialogue: "A Time To Reflect & Reimagine: Creating A Better Future Now!" Join us on Thursday, April 16, from 2-3:30 pm EST, for a conversation around how we can use this time as an opportunity to reimagine a better future!

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!

Three Ikeda Forum presenters

On Friday, Oct 25th, more than 110 participants joined us for the 15th Annual Ikeda Forum: "Can Dialogue Save The World? Exploring the Power of Human Connections." This year's forum featured eight youth presenters who participated in a 5-6 month dialogue experiment with Boston-area scholars seeking to answer the question: "What kind of inner transformation does one experience through sustained dialogue with another informed by Daisaku Ikeda's philosophy?" Click through to view a photo gallery of the event!

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