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> Earth's Future Peacemakers Just Need a Little T.M.
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> Published: November 14, 2005
> DAVID LYNCH, the filmmaker known for his distorted, labyrinthine worlds, 
> wants America's young people to clear their minds.
> The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, 
> formed in July, is raising money to bring Transcendental Meditation to 
> students from first grade through college. Mr. Lynch's vision involves 
> raising $7 
> billion and creating universities dedicated to earth's future peacemakers.
> "Diving within" to the "energy" and "bliss" is how Mr. Lynch, who has been 
> meditating for 30 of his 59 years, puts it. He hopes "diving within" will be 
> standard in every student's curriculum.
> "Pouring water on this root, these kids," he said. "Enlightenment is the 
> fulfillment of the most exquisite machine on earth. Any human being can visit 
> it. 
> Anything that is a thing emerges from this thing."
> Mr. Lynch's explanations are certainly imaginative, a film of his mind: "The 
> word transcending is the key to it, to the very deepest, most profound 
> eternal 
> level"; "It's not a joke. It's a thing that works. Mankind is not meant to 
> suffer"; "This is an ocean of bliss. It's like grabbing onto the biggest elec
> trical line filled with bliss."
> Mr. Lynch, who is working on a film "Inland Empire," practices T.M. 20 
> minutes twice a day by sitting in a comfortable position, closing his eyes 
> and 
> repeating a mantra. He says it allows him to enjoy "the doing of things" more.
> "If somebody is a filmmaker, they get rid of things like deep fear, anxiety, 
> frustration," he said of meditation's benefits. "It's the real deal. The 
> whole 
> enchilada. You will fall deeper into the film."
> Notoriously reclusive, Mr. Lynch has come on stage to spread 
> Consciousness-Based Education with fall speaking tours to universities on the 
> East
> and West 
> coasts. "I really think it will change the world," he said. "It's all 
> imagination."
> The Lynch Foundation, with assets of about $410,000, has awarded so far 
> $25,000 each in seed money to seven schools, three public charter schools, 
> three 
> public schools and one private school for children with learning 
> disabilities, 
> all of which requested help. Only two of the charter schools agreed to 
> discuss 
> their meditation program publicly because the other five schools were 
> involved 
> in research studies related to T.M., the foundation said.
> "We have not gotten so much yet," Mr. Lynch said. "But there are indications 
> that we are going to do really well."
> Several of the seven schools received matching grants from other foundations 
> and philanthropists who partnered with the Lynch Foundation.
> "He is going to revolutionize education in America," said Dr. George H. 
> Rutherford, principal of the Ideal Academy Public Charter School, an 
> elementary
> and 
> middle school in Washington.
> Dr. Rutherford said that many foundations call to donate computers, but what 
> he needs is Transcendental Meditation so that the students can concentrate 
> better to use the equipment. "T.M. helps to reduce the stress that creates 
> problems," he said.
> A meditation component is written into Ideal's charter, which was approved by 
> the Board of Education and the Charter Association, both in Washington. 
> Researchers at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, 
> will 
> measure the effects.
> To train teachers and fifth- and sixth-grade students, Ideal received $75,000 
> - $25,000 from the Lynch Foundation and a larger partnering gift from Jeffrey 
> F. Abramson, a principal in a Washington real estate company and the Abramson 
> Family Foundation, a founder of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
> After completing training, homeroom teachers will lead meditation, a new age 
> variation on the Pledge of Allegiance.
> Training is led by instructors from the Maharishi Vedic Education Development 
> Corporation, also in Fairfield, Iowa. The seven-step program costs $2,500 a 
> student.
> Last month, a Lynch Foundation's gift of $25,000 went to the Nataki Talibah 
> Schoolhouse of Detroit, a public charter school, which previously received 
> T.M. 
> financing from the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund and the General Motors 
> Foundation.
> The Lynch gift of meditation was for Nataki seventh- and eighth-grade 
> students who worked as a nonmeditating control group in a 2002 study tracking 
> the 
> "social-emotional competencies" of the meditating students conducted by Rita 
> Benn, director of the Education Center of the Center for Complementary and 
> Alternative Medicine at the University of Michigan and a clinical 
> psychologist.
> The 
> study was inconclusive, but the students in the group wanted to experience 
> what 
> their peers had felt.
> Carmen N'Namdi, a co-founder and the principal of Nataki and vice chairwoman 
> of the board of the National Charter Schools Institute, said that just a few 
> of her parents connected T.M., a secular practice, with religion, and she 
> anticipated none would question Mr. Lynch's artistic work.
> The Lynch Foundation is partnering with other philanthropists to grant 
> another $25,000 to the University of Michigan, Yale, Emerson College and 
> other 
> colleges to help train students in meditation. On Mr. Lynch's recent visit to 
> East
> Coast schools, he was a draw for film students and seekers alike. Mr. Lynch, 
> Mr. Abramson and others are also supporting an American University study on 
> T.M. on college students.
> David Jacobson, 22 , a senior film student, attended Mr. Lynch's T.M. lecture 
> at New York University. He said he was there because he admired Mr. Lynch's 
> films. After hearing that two of his biggest heroes, Mr. Lynch and Roy 
> Orbison, 
> once meditated together, he said he got curious about T.M. until he learned 
> from the Maharishi Institute that the full training cost $2,500.
> "I feel like this is part of something big he is doing," said Mr. Jacobson, 
> to friends who were discussing their awe of Mr. Lynch while questioning his 
> eccentric role in education. "Like taking over the world."

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