WHAT WE DO
Through the hosting of public seminars and the creation of multi-author books, the Ikeda Center gathers diverse, international perspectives in open-hearted and open-minded dialogue. The goal is to create a global culture of peace and creativity during the twenty-first century.
Ikeda Center investigations often build on the most compelling aspects of our intellectual, spiritual, and cultural heritage, drawing out those strands that resonate with the needs of our time.
The Ikeda Center provides a space for scholars, social innovators, activists, and community members to come together in seminars and discussions that transcend boundaries of discipline, culture, nationality, and more. Topics of inquiry have included religion and ecology, women’s leadership for peace, and the ethics of globalization, to name just a few. At present, the Center’s signature event series is the annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, now in its seventh year. The 2011 Ikeda Forum was called Cultivating the Greater Self. The 2012 Ikeda Forum was called, "Awakening Our Connections: A Dialogue On Interdependence."
Ikeda Center books are distinguished by their inclusive, international orientation and their commitment to discovering the core characteristics of humanistic thought and culture in a rapidly globalizing world. Functioning as “dialogue in print,” recent Center-developed titles include Ethical Visions of Education: Philosophies in Practice (2007), and the 10th anniversary edition of Subverting Hatred: The Challenge of Nonviolence in Religious Traditions (2007). September 2009 saw the publication of Creating Waldens: An East-West Conversation on the American Renaissance by Ronald A. Bosco, Joel Myerson, and Daisaku Ikeda. Creating Waldens is the first publication of the Ikeda Center's new imprint, Dialogue Path Press. The second (March 2010) was Into Full Flower: Making Peace Cultures Happen. Our latest September 2012) is The Inner Philosopher: Conversations On Philosophy's Transformative Power, by Lou Marinoff and Daisaku ikeda. Please see our Books and Publications section for a book list, book details, and ordering information.
Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue