The Ikeda Center is an institute for peace, learning, and dialogue located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Since 1993, the Center has engaged diverse scholars, activists, and social innovators in the search for the ideas and solutions that will assist in the peaceful evolution of humanity. Founded by Buddhist thinker and leader Daisaku Ikeda, the Center's programs include public forums and scholarly seminars that are organized collaboratively and offer a range of perspectives on key issues in global ethics.
The Center also publishes books on education and other issues pertaining to the goal of greater human flourishing. The Center’s books have been used in more than 700 college and university courses to date. In 2009, the Center launched its own publishing arm, Dialogue Path Press. Its first two titles are Creating Waldens and Into Full Flower.
The Center's core focus each year culminates with the annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, now in its eighth year. For 2011, the focus was Cultivating the Greater Self. For 2012, we are exploring the concept of interdependence.
The overarching aim of the Ikeda Center is to work toward a fundamental shift in U.S. and international culture — from isolation, violence, and war to interconnectedness, nonviolence, and peace.
When the Ikeda Center (originally the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century) was founded, in 1993, Mr. Ikeda gave the institution the following mottoes: “Be the heart of a network of global citizens. Be a bridge for dialogue between civilizations. Be a beacon lighting the way to a century of life.”
Read a letter from Virginia Benson announcing organizational changes, including the name change to the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue in July 2009.
“In this time of severe trial, humanity must take the first step on the path of courageous dialogue, which will connect people heart-to-heart and pool their wisdom.”
- Daisaku Ikeda, 10th anniversary message to the Center, September 2003
Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue