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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The rollout for Hope and Joy in Education continues on October 14th, at 4:00pm ET, when Gutman Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Education will be hosting a virtual book talk featuring the editors of the book, Isabel Nuñez of Purdue University Fort Wayne and Jason Goulah of DePaul University. Click through for information on how to attend this event!

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In this episode, host Lillian I continues to engage with youth who participated in a 6-month long dialogue project the Ikeda Center organized in 2019. This time, she speaks with Ikeda Center Youth Committee member Burcu Gulec who is a singer, composer, and improviser.

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In early August, the editors of Hope and Joy in Education, Isabel Nuñez and Jason Goulah, appeared on the popular Ethical Schools podcast. In an episode called "The Power of Happiness: A Buddhist Approach to Secular Education," hosts Amy Halpern-Laff and Jon Moscow spoke with Nuñez and Goulah about Daisaku Ikeda's educational philosophy as well as themes from Hope and Joy. Click through to listen.

Responding to a surge in interest among young people over the last year relating to the need for self-love and self-care, the August 13 Ikeda Center Dialogue Nights—called "A Conversation on Self-Love: What We Need Now"—embraced the topic as one worthy of investigation. Click through to learn what the global participants had to say on the subject!

In co-editor Jason Goulah's introduction to our new book, Hope and Joy in Education, he draws upon his deep and extensive knowledge to create a concise summation of Daisaku Ikeda’s education philosophy and what it means for the advancement of “human education.” Bearing in mind the expanse of Ikeda’s body of work, this is an invaluable contribution. In this blog essay we take a brief look at the four key aspects of Ikeda’s education philosophy that Goulah discusses in his piece.

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