Clint Eastwood, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Katy Perry, Russell Simmons, Donna Karan, Russell Brand—coming together to support the David Lynch Foundation

by Mario Orsatti on November 9, 2010

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On December 13th, the David Lynch Foundation will host its second “Change Begins Within” benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Clint Eastwood, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Katy Perry, Russell Simmons, Donna Karan, Russell Brand and other celebrities will come together to support the Lynch Foundation’s efforts to help the tens of millions of people all over the world who are suffering from traumatic stress.



Last year at an historic concert at Radio City Music Hall, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Jerry Seinfeld and an array of other leading performing artists launched the David Lynch Foundation’s “Change Begins Within” global outreach to teach one million at-risk adolescents and teens the Transcendental Meditation technique. Since then, nearly 150,000 inner-city students have begun utilizing the TM program to eliminate the traumatic stress that undermines academic achievement and short-circuits lives.

Click the video below to see the press conference from last year’s “Change Begins Within” benefit concert.

The schools throughout the U.S. and Latin America that are now offering the Quiet Time/Transcendental Meditation Program are seeing dramatically rising test scores, grades, and graduation rates, while dropout rates, suspensions, and expulsions have greatly decreased. As a result, more and more superintendents, principals, faculty and parents are on the waiting list to receive funding from the David Lynch Foundation in order to offer instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique to their schools’ students.

quiet-time-transcendental-meditationIn addition to these school projects, the David Lynch Foundation has begun offering its support to other groups suffering from traumatic stress. Among them are veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; homeless adults; American Indians subsisting on impoverished reservations; and prisoners suffering from the trauma of incarceration.

quiet-time-transcendental-meditation“The momentum of support for the Transcendental Meditation program is growing stronger and stronger each year,” says Dr. John Hagelin, President of the David Lynch Foundation. “People like Clint Eastwood, one of the world’s most acclaimed filmmakers; Katy Perry, one of the world’s top rock stars; and Mehmet Oz, one of the leading doctors in America, are coming forward to support this effort because their personal experience of the Transcendental Meditation technique tells them how important it is. They realize as David Lynch does that helping people overcome stress and develop their latent creative potential through the TM program is a matter of survival for these individuals and for our society as a whole.”

If you would like to attend this event click here – Change Begins Within Benefit Tickets

See the video below for a teaser of the actual concert from last year.


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  • Nancy Magnatta

    am I the only person going alone? who else is going alone? any other sidhas going?

  • Martha

    Its too expensive to learn

    • Holly

      They actually have financial plans and it’s less for students.
      as a couple one pays more the other 1/2. Maybe if 2 sign up they’ll do the same for you. It’s some savings but in the scope of things over time it’s beneficial and you’ll have it for ever. Inner peace has no price tag.

  • jason

    Ive been keeping up with the TM movement for probably the last 20 years seeing if they have any kind of monetary funds or something to help with the disabled.I notice they teach TM for free at prisons and i believe even some schools at some point.I am still hoping that someday they will take some of the free lessons out of the prison system and provide those of us on fixed incomes due to disability the chance to learn TM.I know the TM site says it has grants available or something and everytime ive inquired about them (the grants) ive been told that it is basically half off,wich for someone on a fixed income is still way too much.Now im not here to complain about prices but to maybe get another kind of program opened up so that those of us on fixed incomes can afford TM.One suggestion would be maybe having sponsers who can afford to pay for someone to learn TM with a payback option based on income,or even a reasonable one time fee for people on disability.Please someone out there look into this,Thank you

  • Ron

    The US average for a college course is around $30,000 – half that amount if you go to a state funded public institution. Most university courses provide a foundation for future learning. You are not an expert after taking once course & in fact it may even be a pre-requisite for other courses which lead you toward to your goal, but result in further costs. The cost of TM is a one time fee. You never have to pay another thing. Your fees include lifetime support for Meditation checking, advanced lectures & worldwide support for your continual development. Wherever you go in the world, your course fees entitle you to continued support from that country’s local TM Center. Combine that with the benefit of immediate transformation into a happier, more well adjusted & complete life & it becomes obvious – There is no other method available to humanity that can provide such huge benefit at such a reasonable cost. Please – do not make the same mistake I did. I let the price of learning TM delay my opportunity at experiencing true bliss for many years. I am thankful that I finally allowed myself to be free from the bondage of attachment & through TM have experienced the limitless life energy from the field of Transcendental Being. Jai Guru Dev.

  • ronan skelly

    I understand that anyone who wants to learn can not be refused for financial reasons, There are schemes for people who can not afford to pay. I began TM 40 years ago, and value it more and more every day, I borrowed money so my 10 year old daughter could learn, I can’t put a price on TM. I would recomend that anyone who is not learning because of money should talk to your local centre, no one should miss this priceless life changing technique, for a price. And that should work both ways, people should be honest if they can’t pay, and no teacher should refuse to pass on this most important gift given to us by Maharishi and Guru Dev to anyone because of money.

  • Tore Mjøs

    The money I paid for Transcendental Meditation is the best investment I have done in my life. It made me realize my deepest creative force and made all my activity more effortless, one-pointed and effective. When I was initiated in the technique 20 years ago, I used my last savings to learn TM. The sincere desire comes first – then everybody finds a way to meet the desire. The understanding of this mechanism of ones own consciousness will also be much clearer when we experience deeper levels of our own mind during Transcendental Meditation. Please – do not hesitate to start

  • Surfs Up Studios

    Thank you so much David, for being in our movie, SCHOOL OF THOUGHT! Fairfield is truly another “star” in the film! And thank you to Oprah and Harpo for using clips from the movie in the OWN TV special about Fairfield!

  • Jon Currie

    I was initiated into TM by Maharishi in 1968. So was my wife. Yes, the Maharishi. It was free then with a donation. Enlightenment and inner peace should never cost or be about money. If this post is censored or banned so be it. There are many paths to peace. Find the one that is right for you.

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