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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2022 Ikeda Forum Flyer with photo of people in dialogue at top left and two images of our forum speakers on the right inside the circles

We are pleased to announce that our 18th annual Ikeda Forum will be held on Friday, October 14! This will be our first in-person Ikeda Forum since 2019. Titled "Our Stories Matter: Dialogue as a Way of Knowing, Being, and Becoming," this year's forum will feature Drs. Karen Ross and Shirley Tang of University of Massachusetts Boston. Don't forget to RSVP!

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On August 6, the Ikeda Center hosted the second gathering of its 2022 Global Citizens Seminar. Like the first, it featured the joy of bringing seven doctoral students together with Professors Jason Goulah of DePaul University and Catia Confortini of Wellesley College to explore Daisaku Ikeda’s 2022 peace proposal might in the context of their respective research endeavors. Among the core topics: realizing true dignity and authentic security.

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On July 29, Dialogue Nights returned as an in-person event! After two years and six virtual events, nearly 30 Boston-area university students and young professionals returned to the Ikeda Center for an evening of joyful, rejuvenating dialogue, in the process experiencing what one participant called a “fun, real, connecting space.” Click through for a full report on this fulfilling evening.

On Saturday, July 16, the Ikeda Center hosted its first in-person event since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020. The occasion was the launch of the 2022 Global Citizens Seminar in which seven doctoral students are gathering for two seminars and engaging in a collaborative project based on Daisaku Ikeda's 2022 Peace Proposal, "Transforming Human History: The Light of Peace and Dignity." Click through for a report on the seminar!

This fall, our annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue will be held in person for the first time since 2019! To celebrate this welcome development, we have created a web resource presenting brief highlights from each of the 17 Ikeda Forums held to date. Check it out! It's a great way to a sense for the kinds of ideas and insights that have animated this joyous gathering for going on two decades now.

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