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Nanda Audience

Last weekend Ved Nanda spoke with a diverse gathering of Boston-area residents, including many university students, about themes from Our World To Make: Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Rise of Global Society. Dr. Nanda, who is Evans University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law at the University of Denver, co-authored the book with Center founder Daisaku Ikeda. Click to view a photo gallery of the event!

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Peter Stearns

Peter Stearns is University Professor at George Mason University, where he also served as provost from 2000 to June 2015. His areas of research and teaching include world history, social history, globalization, and the history of emotions. Dr. Stearns has served since 1967 as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Social History and has published widely in his areas of expertise. This interview covers themes related to his 2014 title, Peace in World History. Provost Stearns spoke with Ikeda Center publications associate Mitch Bogen on September 16,...

Thanks to all who attended!

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Our World To Make: A Public Talk With Ved Nanda

Saturday, September 26th
3:00 - 5:00pm
(Followed by reception)

On Saturday, September 26th, the Center will host a public event with Ved Nanda, Evans University Professor and...

Olivier UrbainA core conviction of the Center, grounded in Buddhist philosophy, is that the reform of self is essential to the reform of society. Daisaku Ikeda describes the relationship this way: "A great human revolution within just a single individual . . . will enable a change in the destiny of all humankind." But what exactly constitutes this reform of self, this "human revolution...

[Posted by M. Bogen: 8-25-15] One of the problems with discussions around peace building is that many people — proponents and critics alike — don't take enough time either to consider what we think peace actually is or to analyze how the topic has typically been treated. One person who wants to help rectify this situation is Peter Stearns, University Professor and Provost Emeritus at George Mason University, whose areas of expertise include world and social history. Dr. Stearns will also be one of the featured speakers at...

Today, Thursday, August 6, is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, an event that altered the trajectory of global armed conflict, increasing the potential for catastrophic levels of destruction barely comprehensible to the human mind. Center founder Daisaku Ikeda has always placed the abolition of nuclear weapons at the heart of his efforts toward global peace. Mr. Ikeda says: "The idea that nuclear weapons function to deter war and are therefore a “necessary evil” is a core impediment to their elimination; this idea must be challenged and dismantled." He adds that:...

Betty Reardon portrait

We just posted (on July 7th) our second set of videos featuring peace scholar Betty Reardon. In this set, Dr. Reardon looks at the big picture of peace building, considering what peace work means in the varied contexts and environments that impact how peace should be pursued and promoted.

View videos here!

[Posted by M. Bogen, 6-25-15]

We live in the age of Big Data. Every sector of life, from baseball to "homeland security," seems to prioritize the crunching of numbers over other activities aimed at improvement and success. Students, parents, teachers, and above all school administrators will tell you that education is no exception. In fact, education might now be the most data-focused field of all, with the survival of a school and its faculty based mainly, or even entirely, on standardized test scores. It is increasingly rare that educators speak of...

Here's a guide to each section of the Ikeda Center website.


This one might be self-evident, but here you can link to updates on all our recent activity. Also, the rotating slideshow provides links to some of our key resources, so that's a pretty good way to enter the site. Beneath the slideshow you can view a video introduction to our work, created in 2014 and featuring many of our friends.


This section actually includes some of our best content. With so...

[Posted 6-19-15]

We extend our condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the horrible murders that occurred earlier this week at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. As President Obama and others have noted, Emanuel has been an important focal point in the African American struggle for freedom, equality, and liberty in our country. We will do our best to honor the legacy of Emanuel AME and Wednesday’s victims by maintaining our work in pursuit of peace, learning, and dialogue — work in which...


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