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Clint Eastwood, Dr Mehmet Oz, Katy Perry, Russell Simmons, Donna Karan, Russell Brand - coming together to support the David Lynch Foundation
by Mario Orsatti

Transcendental Meditation - USA
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1 November 2010

On December 13th, the David Lynch Foundation will host its second ''Change Begins Within'' benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Clint Eastwood, Dr Mehmet Oz, Katy Perry, Donna Karan, Russell Brand and other celebrities will come together to support the Lynch Foundation's efforts to help the tens of millions of people all over the world who are suffering from traumatic stress.

Last year at an historic concert at Radio City Music Hall, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Jerry Seinfeld and an array of other leading performing artists launched the David Lynch Foundation's ''Change Begins Within'' global outreach to teach one million at-risk adolescents and teens the Transcendental Meditation technique.

Since then, nearly 150,000 inner-city students have begun utilizing the Transcendental Meditation program to eliminate the traumatic stress that undermines academic achievement and short-circuits lives. The schools throughout the U.S. and Latin America that are now offering the Quiet Time/Transcendental Meditation Programme are seeing dramatically rising test scores, grades, and graduation rates, while dropout rates, suspensions, and expulsions have greatly decreased.

As a result, more and more superintendents, principals, faculty and parents are on the waiting list to receive funding from the David Lynch Foundation in order to offer instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique to their schools' students.

In addition to these school projects, the David Lynch Foundation has begun offering its support to other groups suffering from traumatic stress. Among them are veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; homeless adults; American Indians subsisting on impoverished reservations; and prisoners suffering from the trauma of incarceration.

''The momentum of support for the Transcendental Meditation program is growing stronger and stronger each year,'' says Dr John Hagelin, President of the David Lynch Foundation. ''People like Clint Eastwood, one of the world's most acclaimed filmmakers; Katy Perry, one of the world's top rock stars; and Mehmet Oz, one of the leading doctors in America, are coming forward to support this effort because their personal experience of the Transcendental Meditation technique tells them how important it is.

''They realize as David Lynch does that helping people overcome stress and develop their latent creative potential through the TM program is a matter of survival for these individuals and for our society as a whole.''

For more information about the December 13 event at the Metropolitan Museum, and to attend, click here.

To see a video from the concert last year, please visit this news post on the official Transcendental Meditation website. For exclusive artist interviews, visit

Related posts:
David Lynch Foundation: Teaching meditation to at-risk girls;
David Lynch on NBC's Carson Daly Show.

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