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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In this new essay, the Center's Mitch Bogen explores how participants in Daisaku Ikeda's published dialogues celebrate dialogue's unique ability to awaken the inner capacities that form the core of peacebuilding activities. Click through to learn how dialogue summons what Ikeda calls "true words of the heart."

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We are pleased to announce that our FIRST EVER virtual Ikeda Forum webinar will take place on Thursday, December 10th! In this year filled with unforeseen and daunting challenges, we look forward to exploring the timely theme, "Value Creation: Our Unlimited Power to Face Overwhelming Challenges."

The latest Ikeda Center virtual dialogue event attracted 178 participants from 19 countries, all of whom gathered on Zoom to explore the topic, "Climate Hope: Awareness Into Action." The event centered on a panel discussion featuring scientist and nonprofit director Breea Govenar, Boston-based young professional Parul Kashyap, and Massachusetts high school student Victoria Torkornoo. One takeaway was that even though the challenge of climate change is immense, it affords us the opportunity to manifest our "limitless potential."

August 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the tragic bombings of Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945). Click through to encounter some key ideas on the topic of nuclear weapons abolition, as well as links to resources devoted to that cause. Our sincerest wish is that by the 2045 centennial, the dream of nuclear abolition will have become a reality.

On July 16, we hosted our third virtual dialogue event of the year, called "The Poetic Spirit: Our Power to Reconnect a Divided World"! It centered around a panel discussion between Dr. Sarah Wider (Professor of English, Colgate University) and Ikeda Center Youth Committee members Isaiah Moon and Valentina Frasisti. Two hundred fifty participants from 19 countries joined via Zoom. Click through for an in-depth article on the event.

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