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Lynch tour draws interest at other schools
by Stratton Aivalikes
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5 October 2005
On 5 October 2005 Washington Square News reported:
World famous filmmaker David Lynch's East Coast college tour is yielding positive results in all of the schools he has visited, with one university in talks to establish a centre for the meditation practice. Lynch has visited seven universities this fall endorsing the Transcendental Meditation Programme (TM) and speaking about his newly founded David Lynch Foundation dedicated to providing resources to students interested in learning TM.
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In addition to sponsoring the lecture series, the David Lynch Foundation is working to establish a TM centre at American University, which will also be open to students of Georgetown and George Washington University, Bob Roth, The David Lynch Foundation's vice president, told the Washington Square News.
Not only will the centre offer courses in TM to students, it will also research the results of their practice.
David Haaga, a psychology professor at American University who is coordinating the programme at his school told reporter Stratton Aivalikes, 'Five hundred students would be involved in the tests. The research will include the effects of TM on ADHD, stress, addiction, and academic performance.'
Haaga said the American University centre is still in its preliminary stages and additional details and confirmation are still pending.
Lynch's talks have inspired enormous turnouts. Brown University's Professor Peter Scharf said that hundreds of people were turned away from the lecture at his university.
Lynch, was accompanied on the tour by the Maharishi University of Management's (M.U.M.) Dr John Hagelin and Dr Fred Travis. M.U.M. is described in the article as 'a university dedicated to consciousness-based education, incorporating TM as a part of the curriculum'.
'It's well known that college is an extremely stressful time,' Roth was quoted as saying. 'Lynch wants students to know there is something to help them manage and negate stress.'
Roth went on to say, 'Mr Lynch would like to establish TM centres in 20 different cities, allowing students from different universities a chance to become involved in TM. The value of TM is very practical. It's not a religion, it's just a tool for waking up the brain and relieving stress.'
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