New Leadership at the Ikeda Center

On June 1, a new President, Executive Director and Executive Advisor was appointed.

A new humanism—The Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue in Cambridge, Mass., celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018. Photo: Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue has announced new leadership.

On June 1, Yoshiki Tanigawa of Soka Gakkai International became President, Virginia Benson of the Ikeda Center assumed the position of Executive Director and Jason Goulah of DePaul University joined the Center as Executive Advisor. Their objectives will be to explore promising new directions for the center’s programs and extend the intergenerational reach of its networking.

Going forward, the Ikeda Center will ground itself in the vision offered by Daisaku Ikeda in his 1993 Harvard University address, “Mahayana Buddhism and 21st-Century Civilization.” In this talk, he articulated key aspects of Buddhist philosophy and practice that could make a vital contribution to the emergence of a peaceful global civilization in the new century.

Soon after, he established the center (originally called the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century) as an oasis of open-minded and open-hearted dialogue where he envisioned globally minded scholars and activists engaging together in a quest for solutions to the manifold challenges facing humanity. In 2009, the center was renamed Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue.

In 2004, the center launched the annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue as a way to celebrate President Ikeda’s conviction that dialogue is the surest path to peace. Since its inception, center publications have been used at more than 300 universities and in more than 900 courses worldwide.

Looking toward its 25th anniversary in 2018, the Center’s new leadership team will continue working with likeminded scholars and peace builders from all walks of life to bring the seeds of peace already planted into fuller bloom.

Yoshiki Tanigawa
Virginia Benson
Executive Director
Jason Goulah
Executive Advisor









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