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School of Thought (2008)

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School of Thought is a mysterious and amazing documentary about the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa, with Academy Award-nominee David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks and The Elephant Man).

David brings a few friends along to Fairfield, including folk-musician Donovan (Mellow Yellow, Hurdy Gurdy Man and Sunshine Superman) and the world-renowned quantum physicist John Hagelin (featured in What The Bleep Do We Know!?).

Together, these three peacemakers are touring the world with their mind-blowing solution to creating harmonious schools and world peace. Their answer: Have every student in every school practice Transcendental Meditation twice a day and watch them quickly become happier, healthier and more focused, thereby dissolving the life-threatening stress that typically manifests itself in young people through drug abuse and violence, often in fatal ways.

David Lynch, Donovan Leitch and John Hagelin
Tony Perri

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nowvoyager, posted on February 18, 2016

I think this film is excellent. Question: How can we bring this practice of meditation to places such as Baltimore and Detroit? Or to other cities in America where children know nothing but violence; have been raised in violent cultures? How can we perhaps have a central school in cities of America( in all fifty states) in order to promote a more peaceful lifestyle?

melissareads, posted on July 16, 2015

How many of you know TM is a registered trademark, and costs big bucks to learn? This documentary made me want to puke. The benefits of meditation are for real, but TM is a shameful scam. David Lynch is full of himself. And of course the kids at Maharishi School are happy -- they come from stable sheltering families who can afford to send their kids to expensive private school. GAIAM, you should take this crap off of here, or at least add some sort of disclaimer about the truth behind TM., posted on October 25, 2015

Dear one, unlike private schools, the Maharishi School of Enlightenment does not select their students based on prior academic performance, nor do most students come from wealthy families--I know, as I am a graduate of the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, and I know about this school that is right by the University campus. Yes, relatively speaking TM fees are higher than those for learning other practices, but they do offer student rates and the David Lynch Foundation is dedicated to raising funds from generous people to provide schools across America with the funding they need to start their own "quiet time" program.
For those with open hearts and open minds, the means can be found so that students and their schools can benefit from learning TM and cultivate the inner ability to create success and prosperity in their lives, while allowing TM teachers the dignity of earning a decent living. I am not a TM teacher, but I do know many of them from volunteering at their headquarters in Canada, US, and Holland, and they are not that well-off financially, but they continue this line of work, highly dedicated to sharing this beautiful knowledge because they care so much about raising humanity's consciousness for all to enjoy. The rest of the money collected from TM fees go towards renting office space, advertising, and funding scholarship programs domestically and internationally.

hashimjaved.s, posted on April 9, 2016

Thanks for the insightful answer.

austinhollway, posted on March 12, 2014

After watching this I am going to make a TM club at my university. Any student here at University of Nebraska - Omaha can start a club and my dad is a teacher there as well. I will be able to post the club meeting times in front of his class hopefully gaining lots of attention. I have been meditating for many months now and feel I have reached the point where I can teach it. It has been a wonderful blessing in my life and feel that it should be more popular! I think some people will consider the idea of coming hopefully eventually getting a good sized club. I would love to spread such blissful practices especially since our world today seems to be so stressed out. I believe it can bring peace and harmony to many peoples lives that are looking for something to help but don't know what. Well, seems like we have a solution that needs to be heard! Thank you for giving me the motivation I needed to get started. There is no doubt in my mind that this is truly something that can change peoples lives.

jimamudeen, posted on July 18, 2013

As a teacher, I thought this was a wonderful school and a gift to the whole community. I wish there were more of these schools--maybe as a charter school--all around the US. I think it would help us to look at education policy differently as a nature if there were more widespread schools like this.

Zhen, posted on July 15, 2013

It is such an inspiring story...a school of meditators leading to an influence upon other schools who also begin to meditate and change the perspective of their lives. It is very exciting...their really is hope for the human. It was also great to see the ethereal Donovan again. Thank you David Lynch, good work.

flower4, posted on January 5, 2013

Regular practice of TM is simple, realistic hope for all mankind. I believe this project is the greatest gift anyone could give the world. What a wonderful world it would be if TM was available to the working class as well as in all schools twice daily....everyone would benefit!!

happyinmo, posted on December 24, 2012

Changing the child at a time...

kboffuss, posted on September 19, 2012

If I could teach students in a school that functions as wonderfully as what was depicted I would go back to teaching tomorrow!

nowvoyager, posted on February 18, 2016

Dear Kboffuss. I too am a retired teacher and I miss it. I stopped because I was burned out from feeling like I was in a war zone. I meditate. If I could find a school in my city where meditation is a part of the schools program I would return to teaching tomorrow.

ginamyon, posted on July 14, 2012

I have a renewed sense of hope for the world. Thank you to all of those involved in this project.

kelhey, posted on June 30, 2012

I hope with all my heart this is just the beginning of our country's - and the world's - journey to enlightenment.

shyam, posted on February 17, 2012

This is the future. I would love to see MAPI take a more open source approach though. We do not have the time for proprietary evolutionary technology be it internal or external.

carlycroch, posted on February 3, 2012

School of Thought is a well done, informative, and inspirational documentary. It inspired me to begin teaching my own children to meditate.

jsimonian, posted on January 27, 2012

TM will also make these children live longer with a greatly reduced rate of stress related illnesses and eliminate the need of the pharrnaceutical drug dealers.
TM has also been successfully "prescribed" for people in our prisons - fewer returning customers.

Tonya, posted on January 26, 2012

Watch "School of Thought" and see how meditation is bringing out the best in children!

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