Enigmatic director David Lynch (Erasurehad, Twin Peaks, Lost Highway) has announced plans for a huge benefit concert to raise money for his projects in transcendental meditation. What projects? Well we’re going to bet you weren’t aware of the David Lynch Foundation, an organization he started in 2005 that donates money to schools and children for programs to teach them transcendental mediation technique*, and also funds research institutions for evaluating the effects of the practice.
A message from David states:
The stresses of today’s world are taking an enormous toll on our children right now. There are hundreds of schools, with thousands of students, who are eager to relieve this stress and bring out the full potential of every student by providing this Consciousness-Based education today.
David Lynch has been honing his meditation muscle for the past 34 years, and 2 years ago got close to the method’s predominant proponent Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, whom we all know Sir Paul famously visited with the Beatles in the late 60s (and who passed away last February at age 91). Apparently David Lynch convinced Maharishi to lower the cost of the yogic courses so more students could participate and has spent the last 2 years touring the world promoting it.
Next up is a film documenting his mission to deliver the meditation message.
* in short, transcendental meditation is the technique practiced for twenty minutes twice a day while sitting with one’s eyes closed, involving a “meaningless” mantra given by a certified TM instructor, but involving no concentration of contemplation [wikipedia link if you like]