David Lynch taking meditation to UK schools

London, England - Cult film director David Lynch has launched a campaign to promote meditation in British schools.

Lynch, who made Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive plus the TV series Twin Peaks, advocates transcendental meditation (TM) as an antidote to violence, suicide and illegal drug-taking.

He has been practising TM for more than 30 years and has persuaded 20,000 pupils in the US to do two 20-minute sessions every day.

The US director believes meditation can bring peace to the world. His David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education provides scholarships to children who want to learn the technique.

Now he has teamed up with Sixties pop star Donovan to promote TM in London. The pair spoke at the London Film Festival and will appear at the Institute of Education in London tonight.

Lynch says TM is "the most widely practised programme in the world for developing the full creative potential of the brain and mind, improving health, reducing stress and improving academic outcomes".