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Renowned film director David Lynch visits MUM
by Jim Karpen

The Review, Vol. 19, #14    Translate This Article
Fairfield, Iowa, United States
17 April 2004

Film director David Lynch recently spent a weekend on campus, meeting with students, touring Maharishi Vedic City, and even attending the Maharishi School Theatre Cavalcade.

Mr. Lynch is a graduate of the Enlightenment Conference, a practitioner of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programmes, and a University Trustee. Most recently he has been devoting his life to world peace through Maharishi's programmes.

He has spoken out on behalf of the need for large groups of Yogic Flyers to create peace in the world and the value of the Transcendental Meditation technique at press conferences in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, and his comments have been widely reported in the media.

While on campus he met with students who had returned from India, visited a class of Ph.D. students in Maharishi Vedic Science, and met with the Global Student Council. He shared his experiences of promoting Maharishi's programmes and told the story of how he came to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique 30 years ago.

Mr. Lynch was invited to visit as preparation for a press conference in Los Angeles, in which he spoke about the value of Consciousness-Based education. During that press conference he specifically mentioned how impressed he was with the students at the University and Maharishi School. 'I was so supremely impressed,' he said.

In particular, he mentioned the Theatre Cavalcade, in which Maharishi School students performed in a variety of genres, including a one-man play, musical theater, readers' theater, mime, and choral reading. 'I've seen some great performances . . . in film and in theater, but I've never seen anything like I saw that night . . . ,' Mr. Lynch said. 'Such honesty, naturalness, intelligence -- it was phenomenal. And these weren't actors, these were students.'

Copyright 2004, Maharishi University of Management

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