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Director David Lynch to raise $7 bn for taking TM to schools
by Arthur J. Pais
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15 September 2005
On 15 September 2005 Rediff.com reported:
Oscar-nominated director David Lynch is on the road promoting plans to raise $7 billion with the twofold goal of teaching the Transcendental Meditation Programme (TM) to school children across America, and promoting world peace. Lynch predicted that raising the money for this project would be much easier than raising financing for his films.
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Lynch told writer Arthur J. Pais that most of the the $7 billion will go toward forming 'peace-creating super groups of 8,000 meditators each' around the world. $200,000 will be earmarked for after-school TM programmes in eight US cities, targeting students ranging from 10 to 25 years in age.
To reach his goal, Lynch started the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. The article noted that the foundation will first focus on children in North America, before continuing on a global campaign.
Lynch will travel across the US during the next year, visiting schools and universities to discuss his personal experiences with the benefits of TM, and to present new research on the stress-reducing technique.
Lynch told Pais that his personal experience with meditation exemplifies TM's ability to help release emotional stress. '...The twisted stress becomes like water in the sun on a hot pavement. It just evaporates,' Lynch was quoted as saying.
The article said that Lynch is not naive about certain controversies that may arise in offering schools a technique that is seen to have Hindu roots. Pais interviewed one skeptic who agreed with the concept of meditation in schools, but questioned TM and the expanded concept of promoting world peace.
Pais went on to observe that the Foundation's board of advisors includes a wide range of physicians, teachers, and businessmen. He noted that one of them is chairman and CEO of the eighth largest financial service company in the US, with revenues of over $6.3 billion.
Pais said that Lynch will promote TM as a 'physiological phenomenon that will go beyond reducing anxiety and emotional disorder in children and help reduce violence in schools and homes'.
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