Sunday, March 16, 2008

David Lynch donates $1 million for meditation scholarships

"Twin Peaks" auteur David Lynch is donating $1 million to the Maharishi University of Management in Des Moines, Iowa -- yes, you read that right -- for scholarships for students of transcendental meditation, the Associated Press reports.

The school was founded by former Beatles guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who died last month, and specializes in "consciousness-based education" ("students discover the field of pure consciousness within themselves as the source of all knowledge" ... hey, does that mean no college loans?). Students study Transcendental Meditation, the mess hall serves organic vegetarian meals, and the campus health service promotes yoga and breathing techniques.

"America urgently needs at least one university to teach the science of peace -- and to actually promote peace in the world," says Lynch, a longtime meditation practitioner.

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