Resources & Links

This page provides links to organizations and ideas that are relevant to our work in support of global peace, learning, and dialogue.

Value-Creating Philosophy & Education

Daisaku Ikeda Website
This site serves as a great introduction to the life and work of Daisaku Ikeda, Center founder and President of Soka Gakkai International (SGI). Rich with articles, lectures, and other resources.

Soka Gakkai International

SGI, headed by Daisaku Ikeda, is a Buddhist network that actively promotes peace, culture, and education through personal change and social contribution.

Toda Peace Institute

Named for Josei Toda, second Soka Gakkai president, Daisaku Ikeda founded this organization to foster a dialogue of civilizations for world citizenship.

Josei Toda Website

This site serves as an introduction to the life and work of Josei Toda, second Soka Gakkai president and mentor to Daisaku Ikeda. Toda was imprisoned for his opposition to Japan's military expansion in the mid-twentieth century, and was a leader in the worldwide movement to abolish nuclear weapons.

Tsunesaburo Makiguchi Website

This site introduces the life and work of Soka Gakkai founder Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. A pioneer of humanistic education in early twentieth-century Japan, Makiguchi built on the centuries old tradition of Nichiren Buddhism to develop the philosophy of soka, or value creation, as the means to individual and world peace.

Soka University of America

Located in Aliso Viejo, California, SUA was founded by Daisaku Ikeda on the belief that student-centered education is the best way to promote peace and human rights.

Institute For Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education
The DePaul University Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education aims to research the philosophies and practices of Daisaku Ikeda, Josei Toda, and Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, as well as provides workshops and symposia on these to students, educators, counselors, academics, and educational leaders in the greater Chicago area.

Value-Creating Education For Global Citizenship (MEd)
This online degree program explores the value-creating educational philosophy of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Josei Toda, and Daisaku Ikeda.

The University of Guelph-Humber Soka Education Research Centre on Global Citizenship (SERC-GC)
The mission of the Centre is to conduct research on Soka education’s application for educational and community settings, with an emphasis on education for global citizenship, and to contribute to local and international discourse on Soka education research and practical application. 


Full list of Mr. Ikeda's Published Dialogues
Motivated by his conviction that "open dialogue among individuals and among civilizations is the key to the harmonious solidarity of humankind," Mr. Ikeda has met with a wide range of individuals from around the world. This page provides a list of his dialogues published in book form.

Dialogue As A Path To Empathy
In this section of Mr. Ikeda's 2016 Peace Proposal, he highlights the importance of and his conviction in dialogue to build an inclusive future.

Friends In The Orchid Room: An Inquiry Into Value-Creative Dialogue
This dissertation by former Education Fellow Melissa Bradford analyzes Mr. Ikeda's "philosophical perspectives and practice of value-creative dialogue." She uses this analysis as a framework to explore her own transformation and value creation through a sustained dialogue.

American Renaissance & American Philosophy

The Walden Woods Project
This project preserves the land, literature, and legacy of the quintessential American author, philosopher, and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau, to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Most of Thoreau's writings can be viewed here.

The Walt Whitman Archive
This site is edited by Whitman scholars Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price. It features voluminous material by and about the great American poet.

The Center for Dewey Studies
Directed by friend of the Ikeda Center Larry Hickman, and located at Southern Illinois University, the Center for Dewey Studies provides a good introduction to John Dewey, the great American philosopher of pragmatism and progressive, humanistic education.

Peace Education

Global Campaign for Peace Education
The Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE) is as a non-formal, international organized network that promotes peace education among schools, families and communities to transform the culture of violence into a culture of peace.

Global Sustainability and Well-Being

The Earth Charter Initiative
The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. The Ikeda Center (then the Boston Research Center) contributed to the drafting of the Charter during the 1990s. Friend of the Center Steven Rockefeller stepped down at the end of 2010 as co-chair of the Earth Charter Initiative Council.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. You can find the whole text in English here. Links to other languages are also located here.

Ethical Markets
Founded by Hazel Henderson, the mission of Ethical Markets is to foster the evolution of capitalism beyond current models based on materialism, maximizing self-interest and profit, competition and fear of scarcity. As we move further into the Information Age, Ethical Markets tells us, we learn that information and knowledge are not scarce, and our economic models can move toward sharing, cooperating, and a new abundance.

Nuclear Weapons Abolition

Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility
Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility is a chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR®), a national organization of over 50,000 physicians, health care professionals, and supporters. PSR, known as "the active conscience of the medical community," was formed in 1961 to address the health consequences of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. This landmark global agreement was adopted in New York on 7 July 2017.

Soka Gakkai International: Office For UN Affairs
Here you can read about the Soka Gakkai's activities for peace and disarmament as well as find links to relevant educational resources.

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