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This new feature combines photographic portraits with brief reflections from each portrait subject on themes and ideas relating to our core convictions. These profiles, which feature friends of the Ikeda Center, are posted regularly to our social media sites and are archived here by topic, for cumulative viewing. Our first profile set features reflections on the topic of dignity. These were created following our 2015 Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, "The Practice of Dignity: What It Looks Like Today." Dignity is at the heart of our fourth core conviction.


Gail Thomas

For the first time in its twelve-year history, the Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue revisited a topic from a previous forum. Though the topic in question — dignity — was addressed just last year, it proved so rich and multivalent that there was little sense of repetition. To the extent that there was repetition, it only reinforced the truth that dignity is central to our efforts toward peace and well-being.  

Called “The Practice of Dignity: What It Means Today,” the forum featured three speakers: Meenakshi Chhabra, Associate Professor of Global Interdisciplinary Studies,...

Ved Nanda

Eminent figure in international law Ved Nanda recently spoke at the Ikeda Center about themes from Our World To Make: Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Rise of Global Civil Society, which he co-authored with Daisaku Ikeda. The event nicely illustrated the Ikeda Center’s commitment to peace building at every level, from the personal to the global, the microcosm to the macrocosm. It celebrated friendship among individuals as well as the friendship toward humanity demonstrated by the individuals and NGOs who work internationally to promote human rights, widespread education, and the rule...

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!

Check back soon for a photo gallery and feature story.


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!


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