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The David Lynch Foundation For Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace is a charitable foundation based in Fairfield, Iowamarker, which operates throughout the world.

The Foundation primarily funds at-risk students learning to meditate using the Transcendental Meditation program. Additionally, it funds wellness programs in hospitals, and independent research on Foundation programs and their effects on creativity, intelligence, academic performance, substance abuse, diabetes, hypertension, and learning disorders.

Notable benefactors and supporters include Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Donovan, Moby, Jerry Seinfeld, Sheryl Crow, and Russell Simmons, all of whom performed or appeared at a 2009 benefit concert at Radio City Music Hallmarker in aid of the Foundation.


  • Education: Focuses on school-wide instruction in Transcendental Meditation with the aim to improve educational and health outcomes. All school program instruction is voluntary, is provided with parental permission, and is offered to children with no cost to parents or to the school.
  • Hypertension research: Promotes results of studies at Medical College of Georgiamarker investigating the effects of Transcendental Meditation on African American teens at risk of high blood pressure.
  • Learning disorders research: Studies on Transcendental Meditation as an intervention for students with ADHD.
  • Homelessness: Concentrates on providing meditation instruction for homeless men in a New York Citymarker Doe Fund job skills training program.
  • Conferences: Supports conferences such as the TM Conference at the Harvard Club and the Emerson Collegemarker Conference on Consciousness, Creativity, and the Brain.
  • DLF.TV: Online television channel "that celebrates consciousness, creativity, and bliss". Showcases video content from Foundation events, profiles and documentaries, and exclusive content from David Lynch.
  • Universities of World Peace: The Foundation has the long-term goal of raising $7 billion in order to establish seven affiliated "Universities of World Peace" in seven different countries, to train students to become "professional peacemakers".


According to Newsweek magazine, the David Lynch Foundation was founded in July 2005 in order to provide scholarships for Transcendental Meditation programs in public schools, private schools, and charter schools both within the United States and around the globe. Since 2005, the Foundation has funded over $ 3.5 million in school programs aiding over 55,000 students in 26 countries.

Significant funding sources include all author royalties from David Lynch's bestselling 2006 book on consciousness and creativity, Catching the Big Fish (Tarcher/Penguin 2006). In addition, the 2009 Change Begins Within benefit concert has generated about three million dollars in funding for the Foundation.

Mission statement

Global initiatives

In addition to funding in-school Transcendental Meditation programs in the USA and Canada, the Foundation has supported meditation instruction for over 35,000 students in South America. The founder of Fundación Hogares Claret, the Columbian Roman Catholic missionary priest Father Gabriel Mejia, directs 47 shelters for homeless children where over 3,600 young people meditate twice daily.

Directors and advisors

The Foundation is governed by the Board of Directors consisting of: John Hagelin, Jeffrey S. Abramson, Robert G. Brown, Dean Dodrill, Joni Steele Kimberlin, Arthur Liebler, and Dr. Nancy Liebler.

Current Foundation Board of Advisor members are: Ashley Deans, Sarina Grosswald, Linda Handy, Gary P. Kaplan, James Krag, César Molina, Carmen N’Namdi, George H. Rutherford, Frank Staggers, William R. Stixrud, Ramani Ayer, and Ralph Wolff.


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