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."


About the Ikeda Center

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Johnny Lupinacci

Please join us online for our upcoming Indigo Talk on Thursday, May 12 (7 PM ET) with Dr. Johnny Lupinacci, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education at Washington State University. His topic is "Envisioning A Better World Together Through Value Creation, Interdependence, and Creative Coexistence⁣." Click through to RSVP

With the American Educational Research Association convening in person for the first time since 2019, it seemed a perfect opportunity to bring together many of the contributors to Hope and Joy in Education for a panel discussion exploring key themes from the book. Organized by volume co-editors Jason Goulah of DePaul University and Isabel Nuñez of Purdue University Fort Wayne, the event also featured chapter contributors Francyne Huckaby of Texas Christian University, Nozomi Inukai of DePaul University, John Lupinacci of Washington State University, and D. Joe Ohlinger of Purdue University Fort Wayne. Click through for a report!

Since 2015, our About Us section has featured a brief essay introducing the general contours of the history and programs of the Ikeda Center, originally founded as the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century. Written at the request of Soka Global for publication on their website. As we know, time can pass in a hurry. So when Soka Global asked us to create a new version of the intro essay, we gladly agreed! Click through to read.

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We are thrilled to share that our latest title, Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context, has received a 2022 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award! This is tremendous recognition by one of the oldest and most respected academic associations in the country. Click through to learn more.

Two years of COVID has left most of us feeling at least a little bit exhausted. Called "Countering Burnout with the Power of Connection," the first Dialogue Nights of 2022, and the 20th overall, endeavored to meet this challenge head on. Click through to learn more about how participants were inspired by the experience!

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