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'Meditation, Creativity, Peace': New documentary from David Lynch focuses on meditation
by Global Good News staff writer
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6 November 2012
The newest film from David Lynch is a documentary chronicling a 16-country tour he undertook in 2007-2009. On this speaking tour, Mr Lynch talked to students and young people about the role of meditation in his life and the range of potential applications of Transcendental Meditation to create a better world. He also answered questions from students and the press about his unique creative process.
But the film, for all its focus on Mr Lynch and his films, is at its heart about meditation, philanthropy, and peace.
The beginning of the film confirms this and clues in the audience to what they can expect.
We see Mr Lynch in his painting studio in Hollywood, California, standing in front of a stark background. He is holding a doughnut and speaking in his characteristic straightforward style.
'This is a doughnut,' he begins. 'It is very sweet and very good. But if you've never tasted a doughnut, you wouldn't really know how sweet and how good a doughnut is if you've never had the experience.'
Mr Lynch continues, applying the metaphor to the experience of meditation, 'Transcendental Meditation is like that. Transcendental Meditation gives an experience much sweeter than the sweetness of this doughnut. It gives the experience of the sweetest nectar of life, pure bliss consciousness. As Maharishi says, those who don't know, they don't know. Those who know, they enjoy.' Mr Lynch is referring to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme.
'I hope this following documentary gives you some good news about the sweetness of life,' he concludes.
After this brief introduction, the documentary, a Lynchian amalgam of quotes, interviews, and live question-and-answer sessions, begins. And though it touches on disparate topics (including an unrealized Lynch film), the documentary remains true to its title: it explores meditation, creativity, and peace.
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