What We Do

Participants engage in dialogue at the 2019 Ikeda Forum

Our mission is to build cultures of peace through learning and dialogue inspired by Buddhist humanism.

All of our work is aimed at helping to establish a shared global ethic across cultures and religions—an ethic based on respect for the absolute sanctity of life itself, a firm belief in the human potential for good and for transforming the world, and a clear recognition of the interdependence of all life. 

Our programs include the development of multi-author books on topics in peace, learning, and dialogue; a fellows program to advance research on the humanistic form of learning called value-creating education; an annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue; “Dialogue Nights” for college students and young professionals; a seminar series for graduate students on the topic of global citizenship; and Indigo Talks, a speaker series featuring renowned intellectuals engaging with the works of Center founder Daisaku Ikeda. These programs are inspired by Mr. Ikeda’s belief that open-hearted, open-minded dialogue presents humankind with the surest path to peace.

View our new (2024) video introducing the Ikeda Center’s work & community!

My hope is that the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue will lead the effort to create spiritual sanctuaries of life-affirming dialogue.

Daisaku Ikeda, "message on the publication of Creating Waldens"