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?

Periods of important transition often are marked by ceremonies and special events. Seen in this light, it’s clear that the Ikeda Center’s inaugural Indigo Talk, presented via Zoom by Dr. Francyne Huckaby on July 22, was perfectly timed to help us make sense of our halting emergence from COVID. Click through to read an in-depth report on the lecture and dialogue, which explored the topic, “Two Bundles of Reeds: (In)evitable Pain, (Im)possible Promise.”

Over the course of its 28-year history, the Ikeda Center has engaged steadily in dialogue to explore the many dimensions of local and global cultures of peace. Over the last few years we also have engaged more directly in efforts to understand what dialogue truly is, the modes and dimensions of dialogue, and how best to practice it. Click through to access some of our top dialogue-related resources!

Ben Ferencz

The great humanist and peacebuilder Ben Ferencz appeared on 60 Minutes last night in an interview with Lesley Stahl. The segment reminded us how lucky we were to have hosted Mr. Ferencz for a visit in 2015. The only living prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials, Ferencz is tireless in traveling the world to communicate his twin messages of Law Not War! and Never Give Up! Click through to engage with the hard-earned, uplifting wisdom he shared with us.

Podcast logo with blue background, a white circle in the middle, and text that says The Dialogue Studio

We are delighted to share that we have launched a new podcast called, "The Dialogue Studio." This new series will explore the transformational practice of dialogue and why it is important, especially in this current moment.

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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