In a typical move, Global Good News has simulated a reprint of this 
article from the NYT, but all negative news has been deleted -- 
specifically, the inconclusive research on TM at the U of Michigan 
noted in paragraph 19, and the student who was interested in 
learning TM only until he found out it costs $2500 (next-to-last 
paragraph in original NYT article):


--- In, Ron F <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
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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 
> > 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 
> > "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 
> > 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 
> > that we are going to do really well."
> > Several of the seven schools received matching grants from other 
> > 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 
> > 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 
> > 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-
> > 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 
> > 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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