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Thousands attend talks by David Lynch and faculty
by Jim Karpen

Maharishi University of Management Review    Translate This Article
17 October 2005

Thousands of students at top East Coast universities recently attended presentations on Consciousness-Based Education that were given by M.U.M. Trustee David Lynch, an award-winning filmmaker, and faculty members John Hagelin and Fred Travis. Mr. Lynch has formed the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, which is seeking to raise $7 billion in order to cover the cost of instruction in the Transcendental Meditation Technique for any student who desires to learn.

In addition, the foundation would conduct follow-up research to measure the benefits enjoyed by those who take up the practice. The goal of the presentations, entitled 'Consciousness, Creativity, and the Brain,' was to familiarize students with the Transcendental Meditation Program and its effects on the brain, the mechanics of creating world peace, and to introduce this knowledge to students around the country. 

Those who attended were invited to fill out a card with contact information, and over 4,000 did so. 

The group presented the talk at the University of Michigan, American University, the  University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Yale University, Emerson College, and Brown University. 

Huge crowds—as many as 1,800—turned up at each of the events and filled the auditoriums, with hundreds being turned away for lack of seating. During the presentations, Mr. Lynch spoke about the benefits he has realized  from practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique for 32 years. Dr.  Hagelin, whom many of the students knew from his appearance in the movie What the Bleep Do We Know?, spoke about the deep laws of nature revealed by science and the mechanics of creating world peace. 

Dr. Travis spoke about the effect of the Transcendental Meditation Technique on the brain, and gave a live demonstration of the EEG patterns that occur  during the practice. The subject for these demonstrations was Shane Zisman. 

The East Coast tour also included a press conference in New York City entitled 'Is Business Bad for Your Brain?' Major media and corporate CEOs attended, and again heard from Mr. Lynch, Dr. Hagelin, and Dr. Travis. The subject in the EEG demonstration was Jeffrey Abramson, one of the top real estate developers in the Washington, D.C., area. Also speaking was Bud Liebler, a former senior vice president at Chrysler Corporation. 

Mr. Lynch's foundation recently partnered with other foundations in a $1.2 million grant to study the effects of Transcendental Meditation on brain functioning, academic performance, learning disorders, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse among students. 

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