From Associated Press – Film and television director David Lynch says his nonprofit foundation focused on world peace will donate $1 million to fund scholarships for students who want to learn a meditation technique taught at an Iowa university.
Lynch, who directed movies “The Elephant Man” and “Blue Velvet” and directed and wrote for the television series “Twin Peaks,” has been a supporter of Transcendental Meditation for more than 30 years.
TM was brought to the United States by Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1959. Thanks to celebrity endorsements from people like Lynch, an estimated 5 million people devote 20 minutes every morning and evening practicing it.
In 1971, the Maharishi University of Management was founded in Fairfield, Iowa, and offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in computer science, art, design, business and sustainable living. Students practice TM as part of their course of study.
Lynch, who started the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace in 2005, plans to give $1 million for scholarships for students to learn TM and attend the university. The goal is to increase the number of meditating students on the Fairfield campus to 2,000.
Lynch said in a statement released Thursday that he plans to formally announce the scholarship on March 19 in a telephone news conference.
He said the country has more than enough colleges promoting the science of destruction.
“America urgently needs at least one university to teach the science of peace — and to actually promote peace in the world,” he said.
The university is hosting David Lynch Weekend April 25-28, which will feature concerts in a massive campus golden dome used for meditation featuring 60’s singer Donovan, electronic rocker Moby and musician Chrysta Bell.
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David Lynch Weekend: http://www.lynchweekend.org