Film Director to Save the World

I just signed up for a meditation class and shortly thereafter, separately, I got an email announcing David Lynch was coming to town on a tour of the country to talk to students about putting Transcendental Meditation into their lives, to reduce stress and bring about world peace. He’s also starting a foundation–David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace–that will train professional peacemakers. Go David!

For those who may be interested in his appearance, here are the details:

Cutler Majestic Theater, Emerson College
Saturday, October 1, 7:30 PM
talk on “Consciousness, Creativity, and the Brain”

The award-winning filmmaker of such classics as Elephant Man, Blue Velvet,
Twin Peaks, and Mulholland Drive is coming to the Majestic Theater at
Emerson College on Saturday, October 1st at 7:30 PM to talk to the students
of Boston.  Lynch is on a national tour of college campuses to announce the
founding of the David Lynch Foundation and a multi-million dollar research
program aimed at reducing stress and improving academic performance.

Lynch will be joined at the talk by quantum physicist Dr. John Hagelin, who
was featured in the hit documentary “What the Bleep Do We Know?” and
neuroscientist Dr. Fred Travis, director of the Center for Brain,
Consciousness and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management.

Lynch recently launched the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based
Education and World Peace-a national nonprofit organization dedicated to
bringing the benefits of stress-reducing meditation to students and the
learning environment

As one of the most creative, independent and successful movie makers in
Hollywood, Lynch will discuss what has allowed him to make uncompromising
films in an industry based on compromise. He feels much of his success is
based not only on his directorial skills but techniques he uses to increase
creativity and avoid stress.

Lynch, who is in the midst of directing his new film, the Inland Empire,
will speak to Boston area students on “Consciousness, Creativity and the

And here is an exchange I like from an interview with Lynch. The interview is actually about his meditation:

I read that you once ate daily at Bob’s Big Boy in L.A. for eight years. Are you still dining there?
I went there at 2:30 every day for a chocolate shake. I purposefully went at 2:30 because lunch had stopped long enough so the machines that made the shakes could get cold again, and I’d try to get a perfect shake. I still go to Bob’s once in a while, and I really like their food, and they’re a very nice place to go, nice people.

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