In this section, which features articles, essays, lectures, poems, and interviews, you can experience the cumulative wisdom of the people who have been associated with the Center, and co-investigate the themes that have been explored through our events, dialogues, and projects.
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. This report is by the Center's Mitch Bogen.
The Ikeda Center’s 2023 Education Fellows seminar convened in Cambridge on July 28. This report offers capsule summaries of the dissertation topics of the three 2023 Fellows along with critiques offered by the Education Fellow academic advisors.
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, democracy, and community to be precise.
Meeting a core challenge put forth in Daisaku Ikeda’s 1993 Harvard lecture, "Mahayana Buddhism and 21st Century Civilization," the third Dialogue Nights explored the topic “What Can Death Teach Us About Life? A Conversation.”
The 2-day event built on Thoreau's Walden to ask two key questions: 1) How can we awaken to all the possibilities that lie within the present moment? and 2) How can a profound transformation in just one person lead to social change?
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.
On May 27, 2022, the Ikeda Center hosted its sixth and final “virtual” Dialogue Nights, with the plan being to return to in-person events this summer, more than two years after they were suspended in 2020 because of the pandemic.
That more than 80 Boston-area university students and young professionals showed up to explore the topic of “the loneliness epidemic” was telling, suggesting that loneliness is a phenomenon of great concern to their age group.
On April 20, 2023, the Center hosted “Voices of Hope in a Critical Time: What Role Can We Play to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons?" Dr. Ira Helfand was joined by Harvard student-activists Emma Lu and Jack Trapanick in making a compelling case for the urgency of nuclear disarmament.