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Lynch Foundation donates $1 million to boost enrollment
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30 March 2008
The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace has announced a plan to boost enrollment by providing $1 million in scholarships to cover the cost of learning the Transcendental Meditation® technique for those who have applied to be a student at Maharishi University of Management and who come to campus to learn the technique.
Scholarships are also available for current students to learn the TM-Sidhi® program at a greatly reduced cost.
A webcast on March 19 announced the scholarships and invited prospective students to attend the David Lynch Weekend. They will come for five days, learn the Transcendental Meditation technique, participate in the weekend, and pay a small fee to help cover the cost of lodging.
Depending on how much of the $1 million is used for these scholarships, remaining funds may be used to support other initiatives to boost enrollment.
Mr. Lynch said he was inspired in part by the University's mission to help create peace via group practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs.
'America has more than enough war colleges promoting the science of destruction,' he said. 'The nation urgently needs at least one university to teach the science of peace—and to actually promote peace in the world.'
The scholarships are part of the David Lynch Foundation's national effort to reduce student stress and promote peace in the nation by providing funds for tens of thousands of students in U.S. schools to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique.
'With more students at Maharishi University of Management practicing these peace-promoting meditation techniques, Maharishi University of Management will become a true university of peace, transforming the nation from a source of global fear and violence to a lighthouse of peace and progress for the family of nations.'
Research shows that group practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs helps to reduce violence and to create coherence in the environment when the size of the group exceeds one percent of the square root of a population. That figure for the U.S. is 1,730.
The David Lynch Foundation's new initiative to provide scholarships for students to learn to meditate and attend Maharishi University of Management will help to increase the number of meditating students on campus beyond this peace-promoting threshold.
A film director and University Trustee, Mr. Lynch is well-known for the TV series Twin Peaks and films such as The Elephant Man, Mulholland Drive, INLAND EMPIRE, and The Straight Story.
He has been practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique for 34 years and credits it for his high levels of creativity and innovation.
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