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.
Center founder Daisaku Ikeda composed this message to be shared at the September 2009 book release event for Creating Waldens: An East-West Conversation on the American Renaissance. The theme of the greater self is central to his philosophy.
In this essay, former executive director Virginia Benson remembers the "matriarch of peace studies," Elise Boulding, who, for the last decade and a half of her life was a valued friend and advisor to the Ikeda Center.
In this essay from 2011, the Center's Mitch Bogen looks to the writings of Daisaku Ikeda to define and explore what might be called "educating for the greater self," that is, education focused on bringing forth from each student their greatest potential, holistically understood.
Pressed to name the one concept that, if widely internalized, would have the greatest positive impact on our world, a strong case can be made for the interdependence of all life, also characterized as interconnection.
This concept resides at the heart of the philosophy of value creation that guides the Center’s work. First of all, this philosophy maintains that it is mistaken to wait for difficult external forces to improve before we ourselves take positive steps for the betterment of self and society.
There is wide agreement on the centrality of education to any efforts at personal and social progress in the decades to come. The difference of opinion is about the nature of the teaching and learning that is needed.