MEDITATION AND THE BRAIN
February 19, 2015 | New York City
Fred Travis, Ph.D
William Stixrud, Ph.D
A sold-out audience convened at the Rubin Museum of Art on February 19th for a riveting discussion of the effects of Transcendental Meditation on the brain. Hosted by the David Lynch Foundation, the evening featured a live EEG demonstration and presentations from leading experts in the field:
- Dr. Fred Travis, distinguished neuroscientist and pioneering researcher in the study of meditation, consciousness and the brain. Dr. Travis has authored over 70 papers and conference presentations investigating the relation between brain patterns, conscious processes, states of consciousness, and Transcendental Meditation. He is currently the Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management.
- Dr. William Stixrud, leading clinical neuropsychologist and Director of The Stixrud Group, a DC-based organization specializing in neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents and adults with learning, attention, social and/or emotional disorders. Dr. Stixrud is a frequent lecturer on the subjects of neuropsychological assessment, learning and executive disorders, brain development, motivation and TM’s effect on stress, sleep deprivation and technology overload on the brain.
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A National Webinar
October 30th, 2014 | San Francisco
A panel of medical researchers, care professionals, and clients of the San Francisco Aids Foundation (SFAF) came together on October 30th at the City Club of San Francisco to present the results of a first-ever demonstration project studying the impact of Transcendental Meditation (TM) on 150 people living with HIV/AIDS. The conference also launched a new national initiative and partnership between the David Lynch Foundation and SFAF to teach TM to 10,000 people living with HIV in San Francisco and across the country. Panelists included:
- Thomas Roth, Director of the David Lynch Foundation’s HIV Initiative
- Jeffrey Leiphart, Ph.D., Senior Director of Programs and Services, San Francisco AIDS Foundation
- Sumedha Chhatre, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, HIV Prevention Research Division, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
- SFAF Staff and Clients
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Creativity, Performance & Stress
February 11, 2014 | New York City
Dr. Pamela Peeke
Dr. Mary Schmidt
Dr. Norman Rosenthal
Andrew Ross Sorkin
‘If there’s stress, I’ll just break off and go into the meditation. It will just wash off of me,’ said Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates (the largest hedge fund in the world), speaking at the David Lynch Foundation-sponsored Town Hall meeting that covered the increasing usage of Transcendental Meditation at the workplace.
Divided into three panels in business, health and women professionals, the evening featured a stratospheric cast of experts including:
- Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates
- Dr. Mehmet Oz, Host of the Dr. Oz Show
- Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Media Group
- Mario Batali, chef, writer, restaurateur and media personality
- Dr. Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, Host of Could You Survive?, Discovery Health TV
- Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, PhD, Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
- Dr. Norman Rosenthal, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University
- Leslie Seymour, Editor-in-Chief of MORE magazine
- Andrew Ross Sorkin - moderator, Host of CNBC Squawk Box
Funds raised from the evening will help provide TM to at-risk youth and veterans in New York City.
Institutional Investor: Ray Dalio & Mario Batali Meditate on Their Success FULL STORY
A LIFETIME OF HARMONY
Honoring Rick Rubin
February 27, 2014 | Los Angeles
The Dixie Chicks
Acclaimed, grammy-winning music producer Rick Rubin was honored Thursday February 27th, 2014 by the David Lynch Foundation for a ‘Lifetime of Harmony’ in Los Angeles, California. A dedicated transcendental meditator for decades, Rick has been responsible for bringing an expansive range of musicians–such as Kanye West, Adele, LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Lana Del Rey, Audioslave, Weezer and many others–to the limelight by creating albums that have marked inroads in their artistic careers.
Headliners for the evening included The Dixie Chicks, who reunited for the first time in three years for this special evening, alongside singer-song writers Damien Rice and Jake Bugg.
Rick received his award from longtime friend and co-founder of Def Jam Records, Russell Simmons. As part of the award celebration, many of Rick's close colleagues in the music industry shared video homages honoring his life and career.
Funds from the evening will help expand the TM Quiet Time program to additional schools in the Los Angeles area.
Variety: Dixie Chicks, Russell Simmons, DLF Honor Rick Rubin FULL STORY
A LIFETIME OF PEACE AND LOVE
Honoring Ringo Starr
January 20, 2014 | Los Angeles
Ringo Starr was honored amidst 450 of his closest friends and supporters with the ‘DLF Lifetime of Peace and Love Award’ on January 20, 2014 at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. The evening featured stellar performances by headlining artists including Brendan Benson, Ben Folds, Bettye LaVette, Ben Harper, and Ringo Starr himself.
Ringo received the award from David Lynch, who was also celebrating his 68th birthday that evening. Lifetime friends Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono contributed video messages to the evening, sharing stories of Ringo's years of dedication to peace, love, and of course, Transcendental Meditation (TM).
On the occasion of his award, Ringo inaugurated a Peace & Love Fund to help bring Transcendental Meditation to at-risk youth in Los Angeles. Every dollar raised for the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund, up to $1 million, will be matched by a generous donor and Ringo Starr fan.
Rolling Stone: Ringo Starr Honored with ‘Lifetime of Peace and Love’ Award FULL STORY
CHANGE BEGINS WITHIN V
Celebrating NYC Veterans and First Responders
December 3, 2013 | New York City
Actor and producer
Actress and director
The David Lynch Foundation celebrated its fifth annual “Change Begins Within” gala in honor of veterans and first responders on Tuesday, December 3, at the Conrad Hotel in New York City. The evening was co-hosted by David Lynch and Jerry Seinfeld and featured inspiring videos and testimony from servicemen and women, whose lives had been transformed through practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique. All funds raised from the evening will help provide TM instruction to NYC veterans and first responders in need. Gala honorees included Hugh and Deborra-lee Jackman (Lifetime of Giving Award) and NYC Fire Department Commissioner Salvatore Cassano (Lifetime of Service Award).
Wall Street Journal: A Benefit for the David Lynch Foundation on Meditation FULL STORY
AUTISM, MEDITATION AND STRESS
November 14, 2013 | Global Webinar
TV News Anchor
David Black, Ph.D.
Sarina Grosswald, Ed.D.
Cognitive learning specialist
Chair, Joey Lowenstein Foundation
Norman Rosenthal, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
William Stixrud, Ph.D.
Can a simple, easily-learned, evidence-based meditation technique be an effective tool for reducing the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? During this global webinar, a distinguished panel of experts explores the research, clinical applications, and uses of Transcendental Meditation for reducing stress and stress-related disorders, improving brain function, and enhancing quality of life among children and teens with ASD.
Women. Meditation. Stress.
October 8th, 2013 | New York City
Mary Schmidt Campbell
Pamela Peeke, M.D.
In a standing-room-only crowd of over 350 women professionals, the David Lynch Foundation Women’s Initiative hosted a “Women, Meditation, and Stress” conference at the Paley Center for Media to consider the effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation for healing and empowering victims of domestic violence. The conference also discussed the growing use of TM among women professionals for increasing energy, creativity and focus.
In a special segment, panelists presented results of an ongoing partnership with the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (MOCDV) to bring TM to the City’s women and children in need. Based on the early success of this partnership, the Avon Foundation for Women has provided generous funding to bring TM to 50 additional women and children.
Yolanda B. Jimenez, Commissioner of MOCDV, received the lifetime of service award for her over 30 years of dedicated effort towards combatting domestic violence.
Panel members included women leaders from business, media, education, and social services.
- Candy Crowley, Host of CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley
- Lena Dunham, Emmy award-winning filmmaker and actress
- Rehana Farrell, CAO at Guggenheim Partners
- Yolanda B. Jimenez, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence
- Carol Kurzig, President of the Avon Foundation for Women
- Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, Chief Medical Correspondent for Discovery Health TV
- Lesley Seymour, Editor-in-Chief, More magazine
Huffington Post: “Lena Dunham – I’ve been meditating since I was 9 years old.”
Overcoming PTSD and Preventing Suicides:
An Evidence-based Approach through Meditation in the Military
February 4th, 2013 | New York City
Dr. Robert Cancro
Operation Warrior Wellness hosted a luncheon conference at the New York Athletic Club to raise awareness about the effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation for relieving PTSD symptoms and depression and, ultimately, preventing further incidence of suicide. The conference followed new reports that 22 veterans die from suicide every day.
At the conference, combat veterans—P-51 fighter pilot Jerry Yellin, CMS (Ret.) Ed Schloeman and Afghanistan War veteran Luke Jensen—shared moving accounts of their personal battles with PTSD and, in Mr. Jensen’s case, close brushes with suicide. These men were able to triumph over terrible invisible wounds through twice daily practice of Transcendental Meditation.
Compelling testimony from a panel of experts that included Rear Admiral (Ret.) Richard Schneider, President of Norwich University; Marguerite Meyer, Ed.D., Director of Norwich University's Academic Achievement Center; Robert Cancro, M.D., Chairman Emeritus of NYU Langone Medical Center; and Gary Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurology at Hofstra University confirmed that the experiences of these courageous men are not unique.
The compelling data and moving accounts presented at the conference have inspired several national publications to help raise awareness about TM for veterans.
Bloomberg Businessweek: TM may help stressed vets Full Story
A Historic Night of Jazz: Fourth Annual Change Begins Within Benefit Gala
December 13th, 2012 | New York City
Corinne Bailey Rae
Terri Lyne Carrington
The David Lynch Foundation celebrated the successes of the past year at “An Historic Night of Jazz”–its fourth annual Change Begins Within benefit gala–held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The evening featured world-class jazz performances and inspiring stories of transformation from first responders, survivors of domestic violence, and children on the autistic spectrum.
During the evening, the Foundation honored Dr. Mehmet and Lisa Oz with the DLF’s “Perfect Health Award” and Ray and Barbara Dalio with the DLF’s “Unbounded Generosity Award” for their unmatched lifetime achievements in the fields of health and finance and philanthropy—and for their generous support of the DLF’s work with adults and children in great need. Sixteen-year-old Joey Lowenstein, who has autism spectral disorder, received the DLF’s “Resolute Courage Award” for triumphing over overwhelming personal setbacks and starting the Joey Lowenstein Foundation to aid children with autism, including providing them with TM instruction.
Donations from the benefit gala helped the Foundation begin to deploy a team of young professional instructors who will bring Transcendental Meditation to thousands of inner-city students, veterans, and women and girls in the New York City Tri-State area during 2013.
National Education Summit on Quiet Time in the Classroom
October 23rd, 2012 | New York City
Dr. John Hagelin
At this David Lynch Foundation–hosted National Education Summit, New York’s educational leaders convened at the Paley Center for Media to learn about the data behind the Transcendental Meditation–based Quiet Time program, which has delivered educational breakthroughs at schools across the country. The event was co-hosted by philanthropist and entrepreneur Russell Simmons and DLF President John Hagelin. Presenters included:
- Robert Hughes, President, New Visions for Public Schools
- Carlos Garcia, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District (Ret.)
- James S. Dierke, Executive Vice-President, American Federation of School Administrators
- Laurent Valosek, Executive Director, Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education
- Richard Friedman, M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the Psychopharmacology Clinic, Weill Cornell Medical College
- Norman Rosenthal, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical School
- Tai Beauchamp, Founder and President, The Blue Print Group
- Charles Rutherford, Ph.D., Principal, Ideal Academy Public Charter School
- Donna Finn, Principal, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
Soledad O’Brien, host of CNN’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, and Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University, presented via video to charge the audience to seriously consider the implications behind this data.
Based on the success of the summit, several schools in the tri-state area have applied for a David Lynch Foundation grant to implement the Quiet Time program in their schools.
Veterans and military leaders urge use of meditation at Iowa Veterans Summit
October 11th, 2012 | Des Moines, IA
COL Brian Rees
More than 100 military and veteran leaders gathered at the West Des Moines Marriott in October to discuss research findings on the effectiveness of the Transcendental Meditation-based Resilient Warrior Program for aiding veterans and active-duty personnel suffering from combat-related mental injury. The summit was organized by Operation Warrior Wellness with support from the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs.
Presenters included RADM (Ret.) Richard W. Schneider, President of Norwich University; Jerry Yellin, P-51 Fighter Pilot and National Co-Chair of Operation Warrior Wellness; Col. Brian Rees, M.D., Command Surgeon for the 63rd Regional Support Command and Luke Jensen, Operation Enduring Freedom veteran.
Building on the receptivity created by the event, Operation Warrior Wellness is now working with VA officials and military leaders in Iowa to bring the Resilient Warrior Program to veterans and service personnel in need.
Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld
surprise DLF comedy benefit
June 30th, 2012 | Los Angeles
An all-star lineup of comedians honored legendary talent manager and producer George Shapiro with the Foundation’s first annual “Lifetime of Bliss Award” during DLF’s Night of Comedy. The gala raised funds to teach the Transcendental Meditation technique to veterans with PTSD, at-risk students and abused women and girls.
The tribute to Shapiro, 80, a beloved figure in the entertainment industry and a 30-year TM meditator, featured stand-up routines by Russell Brand, Sarah Silverman, and Garry Shandling, with surprise appearances by Jerry Seinfeld (George has been Seinfeld’s manager for over 30 years) and longtime friend Jay Leno. The comedy benefit drew substantial press coverage for the Foundation, including articles in Variety and the Los Angeles Times.
Military leaders and medical researchers promote TM for resilience and health at national summit
May 3rd, 2012 | Washington, D.C.
W. Scott Gould
President Richard Schneider
More than 130 military and governmental leaders and medical researchers gathered at the Army and Navy Club for a national summit on “Resilience, the Brain, and Meditation.” The meeting investigated the extensive scientific evidence and clinical experience using the Transcendental Meditation technique to promote resilience and overcome post-traumatic stress disorder among active-duty military personnel, veterans and cadets.
The summit was sponsored by Operation Warrior Wellness, a division of the David Lynch Foundation, and hosted by Candy Crowley, the Emmy Award-winning host of CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley.
Keynote speakers included W. Scott Gould, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Dr. Richard W. Schneider, RADM USCGR (Ret.), 23rd president of Norwich University—the oldest private military college in the country, where TM is being studied as a tool to promote resilience among cadets.
Washington Post: VA testing whether meditation can help treat PTSD full story
Public forum spotlights benefits
of TM for abused women
March 31st, 2012 | New York City
Abused women and girls can heal and empower themselves through the twice daily practice of the simple, effortless, evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique—according to a panel of distinguished women doctors and advocates who gathered for the first annual public forum on “Women, Violence, and Meditation,” held at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Speakers included Soledad O’Brien, Rita Cosby, Pamela Shifman, Tara Wise Jones, Dr. Pamela Peeke, Dr. Lois Lee, Dr. Sarina Grosswald and Joni Kimberlin. The Forum—attended by 175 government, philanthropic and community leaders, along with members of the general public—launched the David Lynch Foundation’s new Women’s Initiative.
Ellen DeGeneres & Russell Brand headline third annual “Change Begins Within” gala
December 3rd, 2011 | Los Angeles County Museum of Art
A star-studded audience was moved by incredible stories of transformation among veterans and underserved youth who’ve overcome traumatic stress through Transcendental Meditation.
Superintendent Carlos Garcia and several principals voiced passionate support for widespread adoption of the TM/Quiet Time program, based on the dramatic results at their own schools. Veterans and their families spoke about the healing effect of TM practice on combat-induced post-traumatic stress (PTS). Award recipients included:
- Resilient Warrior Award: Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
- Quiet Time Award: Carlos Garcia, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District
- Enlightened Giver Award: Russell Simmons, Chairman and CEO, Rush Communications
Wall Street Journal: David Lynch Foundation implements meditation programs for at-risk students and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder full story
Celebrities host benefit gala at
Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 13th, 2010 | New York
Dr. Mehmet Oz
Dr. Mehmet Oz, Russell Brand, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood,
Katy Perry, Candy Crowley and Russell Simmons celebrated the Foundation’s wide range of successful projects for
- homeless teens & adults
- American Indians
This inspiring, entertaining event also launched Operation Warrior Wellness, an initiative to combat post-traumatic stress among veterans, active duty military and their families.
NY Times: David Lynch Foundation offers TM to troubled students, veterans, homeless people, prisoners and others full story
Paul McCartney headlines benefit
concert at Radio City Music Hall
April 3rd, 2009 | New York
Sir Paul McCartney
and Ringo Starr
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited onstage for this landmark concert, supporting the Foundation’s goal of teaching 1 million at-risk students to meditate. They were joined by Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Mike Love, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Moby, Bettye Lavette and many other musicians.
Jerry Seinfeld—a long-time TM practitioner himself—added humor to the already celebratory atmosphere.
NY Times: Just say ‘Om’: The Fab Two give a little help to a cause
CNN’s Candy Crowley anchors
benefits for veterans & at-risk students
June 8th, 2011 | Washington, DC
David Lynch and
Dr. Norman Rosenthal
This event showcased how Transcendental Meditation programs help at-risk students and veterans overcome stress, anxiety, depression and learning disorders—while improving their creativity, focus and mental resiliency.
Renowned psychiatrist Dr. Norman Rosenthal introduced his new book Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation.
ABC News: Meditation heals military vets with PTSD full story
Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation
partners to launch Operation Warrior
June 7th, 2011 | New York
Captain Eric Tausch
Operation Warrior Wellness NYC will bring the Transcendental Meditation program and integrative therapies to veterans and their families in New York who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Veterans from each generation—World War II, Vietnam, and Iraq—shared personal stories of how TM transformed their lives and healed the trauma of war.
CNN: Alternative treatment promoted for soldiers suffering from PTSD
San Francisco school superintendent:
the Quiet Time program is “transforming lives, and it will transform our society”
June 1st, 2011 | San Francisco
Dr. Carlos Garcia
Carlos Garcia, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, praised the Quiet Time program for helping turn around several of the city’s most troubled schools.
The Quiet Time program serves thousands of at-risk middle school and high school students, plus many teachers and administrators.
Operation Warrior Wellness news conference
December 13th, 2010 | New York
Dr. Sarina Grosswald
COL Brian Rees
The psychological wounds of war are less visible than physical ones, yet equally devastating—more veterans die due to suicide than in combat.
The David Lynch Foundation launched Operation Warrior Wellness to promote resiliency and well-being among veterans, active duty military and their families through the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation program. This press conference featured military personnel, scientists and celebrities.
Wall Street Journal: Filmmaker introduces veterans to meditation
President Clinton addresses DLF’s
international conference: Building healthy, sustainable American Indian communities
September 25–27th, 2009 | Iowa
President Bill Clinton
Joe A. Garcia
This conference unveiled a 5-point plan developed by the Ho-Chunk Elders Advisory Council and Hocak Elders Council:
- Education: Improving academic achievement & reducing stress and violence among youth
- Health: Preventing and treating diabetes, cardiovascular disease, substance abuse and depression
- Energy: Promoting self-sufficiency through wind and solar technologies
- Agriculture: Creating food and economic self-sufficiency through organic farming
- Cultural preservation & restoration: Safeguarding the land, language and spiritual traditions of American Indians
National summit on student health &
education: Quiet Time in the classroom
October 16th, 2008 | New York
Dr. George Rutherford
Dr. John Hagelin
The alarming rise of classroom stress has fueled widespread problems in education, including:
- poor academic achievement
- anxiety, depression and violence
- teacher burnout
To help neutralize this stress, many schools have implemented the “Quiet Time” program—10–15 minutes at the start and end of each day when students meditate in silence. This summit brought together prominent educators and scientists to examine the dramatic impact of Quiet Time, based on research and first-hand experience.