The Center's first in-person Ikeda Forum since the beginning of the pandemic was a joyous affair, with Shirley Tang and Karen Ross of the University of Massachusetts Boston sharing their experiences employing story telling to deepen mutual understanding.
The 2021 Ikeda built on Daisaku Ikeda's three aspects of global citizenship—wisdom, courage, and compassion—to chart a path for advancing well being on all levels, personal, social, and worldwide. Scholar was Awad Ibrahim was joined by a panel of doctoral students for the discussion.
The first ever “virtual” Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue demonstrated the very concept it explored: value creation. There is no replacing the particular energy and sense of connection that define good in-person events.
This Ikeda Forum featured the dialogic experiences of eight young professionals who, over several months, engaged in ongoing, transformative dialogue with established scholars from the Center’s circle of friends and collaborators.
This Forum explored how the average person might engage with human rights as they go about their everyday affairs. It featured contributions from Boston-area scholars as well as members of the Center's youth steering committee.
Among the guiding questions for the gathering: How can we actively bring an awareness of dignity into our lives as individuals and communities, and how might we utilize an understanding of dignity as a tool for working towards peace?
All the Ikeda Center’s work deals in some way with human dignity. But it wasn’t until this the 2014 Ikeda Forum, the eleventh annual, that we devoted an entire event to this timely, and timeless, topic.
At the urging of featured speaker Vincent Harding, the tenth annual Ikeda Forum became not just a forum devoted to dialogue but also a laboratory devoted to the cultivation of dreams—dreams of freedom and democracy to be precise.
Among the inspirations for the 2012 Forum was Ikeda's contention that "all things are linked in an intricate web of causation and connection, and nothing, whether in the realm of human affairs or natural phenomena, can exist or occur solely of its own accord."