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Director aims to boost meditation
David Lynch
Director Lynch famous for his surreal style of film-making
Film director David Lynch wants to raise $7bn (3.98bn) to introduce meditation into US schools in a bid to bring about world peace.

Twin Peaks director Lynch said he saw stress-relieving benefits of meditation in schools in Iowa and South Africa.

He aims to ensure "every child in the US who wants to meditate can learn".

Lynch added: "People laugh at $7bn but it would stay in a bank account and the interest would be enough to keep things going on a permanent basis."

"This is a way to bring real peace to earth," said Lynch, whose films include Mulholland Drive and Wild at Heart.

Meaningful gesture

"I would like to find some very wealthy individuals who saw the truth of this and said 'I want to do something for the world which is meaningful'."

"Real peace isn't just the absence of war. It is the absence of negativity."

The 59-year-old film-maker said he had been practicing transcendental meditation himself for more than 30 years.

"You can say I'm full of baloney, but you meet students who get this opportunity and they shine like you cannot believe," he said.

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