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Benefit concerts for David Lynch Foundation: Creating bliss, effectively presenting knowledge of Consciousness-Based Education
by Global Good News staff writer
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5 September 2009
The delightful 'living room benefit concert' in Vancouver, British Columbia on 29 August was the brainchild of Edwin Coppard, a Teacher of Transcendental Meditation and successful musician and singer, who conducts seminars on singing around the world.
On 2 September,* Mr Coppard described the origin of the event, aimed to generate support for the programmes of the David Lynch Foundation of Canada, as well its success, founded on the great bliss created by the music.
While giving a seminar on singing in Japan, Mr Coppard had the idea that through his singing work, he would like to do concerts that would support David Lynch Foundation activities for bringing the many benefits of Consciousness-Based Education to one million children.
While attending a Transcendental Meditation residence course in Vancouver this summer, he put forward the idea, 'Wouldn't it be nice to do this locally?'
The benefit concert in Vancouver 'was a lovely evening, very blissful', he said. During the concert, it struck him how music touches the feelings of people in the audience, and he felt that this event especially enlivened receptivity among listeners to learning about Maharishi's programmes, including Transcendental Meditation.
The audience included both those who practise Transcendental Meditation, as well as many who do not, Mr Coppard said. He expressed his perspective that, 'together on the common ground of bringing out this knowledge, the audience really became a magnifying glass for the effect of the music' and of beautiful videotapes that were also shown. The videos featured children in schools around the world, describing their positive experiences with Transcendental Meditation and Consciousness-Based Education, and whose participation in these programmes was enabled by the Foundation's generous support.
Mr Coppard said the plan is to keep these concerts going locally 'and to see if we can manifest a way of doing this on a larger scale as well'.
Global Good News will present a further article about Marty Howe, another musician who was instrumental in bringing about this concert for the David Lynch Foundation of Canada.
* Edwin Coppard spoke on the 2 September Maharishi Global Family Chat, broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3.
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