About Meditate New York

The David Lynch Foundation’s Meditate New York initiative has been launched to bring the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique to 10,000 New Yorkers who suffer from high levels of stress, including veterans with PTSD, youth in underserved schools, and women and children who are victims of domestic violence—all at no cost to taxpayers.


The effectiveness of our programs have been documented by more than 380 studies, published in peer-reviewed journals and funded by more than $30 million in grants from the U.S. government and private institutions. This includes research funded, published, or presented by:

Who We Serve

At-Risk Youth Learning readiness is at the core of any comprehensive program for raising student performance. Our meditation-based Quiet Time Program has been adopted by hundreds of public, charter, and private schools worldwide to reduce the acute stresses that undermine learning and health while simultaneously improving performance, graduation rates, and the overall school environments.

Women Victims of Violence Millions of women and girls worldwide are victims of domestic violence. Our Women’s Initiative is bringing Transcendental Meditation to women and girls who have survived trauma, rape, and abuse. Our programs are offered in schools, treatment sites, homeless shelters, and community projects in New York City.

Veterans with PTSD More US military personnel and first responders commit suicide each day than die in the line of duty. We are now partnering with the Veterans Administration, military bases, fire departments and police departments to bring Transcendental Meditation to 1,000 veterans and first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and their families in the Greater New York area.

About Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural, effortless technique practiced 20 minutes twice a day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It’s not a religion, philosophy or lifestyle.

TM is taught in a personal course of instruction by a specially-trained, certified teacher. For more information, visit www.tm.org.