Donovan, Lynch to Open Meditation University

Donovan, Lynch to Open Meditation University

Donovan, famous for ’60s pop hits such as “Hurdy Gurdy Man” and “Mellow Yellow” has announced plans to open the Invincible Donovan University, where students will adhere to the principles of transcendental meditation…

The David Lynch Foundation has introduced TM to schools in the U.S., where the 61-year-old filmmaker claims it has transformed results and behavior.

“We have gone into some of the most deprived areas and turned around kids with violent emotional and behavioral problems” he said.The duo said they will now contact Scottish authorities to have the institution accredited.

“For a country the size of Scotland it would take only 250 students meditating to protect Scotland from its enemies and to bring peace, to stop violence and drug abuse” Lynch said. “That is just a byproduct of the students meditating together.”

I actually support and enjoy meditation. You know, the kind you do in private. The kind that helps you calm your thoughts, center yourself, making you feel inner peace (if not enlightenment). Breathe. Aum…

Well, my eyes are open and my thoughts are running rampant right now (crazed monkey mind, you know), which is why it fucking pisses me off to hear people making claims like this. How stupid does Lynch think we are? Doesn’t he think there are already 250 people meditating in Scotland? And why do they need a university or a guru? Why does it have to be TM? Always an organization with these mystics and their fraudulent claims. Repeat after me: “Meditation does nothing for anyone who’s not meditating.” Get it? No spooky action at a distance.

Mr. Lynch, stick to films and TV. You’re a genius in that realm, I’d sell my (non-existent) soul to have your imagination and talent. But real life is not a film script. You can’t just say anything because you’re David Lynch. You actually have to pay attention to whether or not it’s true–or at least if it makes sense. When you make statements like this, you demean yourself and insult the intelligence of the rest of us.

Comments (8 comments)

nullifidian » Invincible Donovan University / November 3rd, 2007, 5:38 am / #1

[…] Thanks to Black Sun for alerting me to this example of wingnuttery on my doorstep. […]

John M. Knapp, LMSW / November 5th, 2007, 2:01 pm / #2

Many critics consider Transcendental Meditation a cult led by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. For an alternative view of the TM Movement, readers may be interested in checking out TM-Free Blog,, or my counseling site,, where individuals recovering from Transcendental Meditation and similar groups will find helpful information.
John M. Knapp, LMSW

Gina / November 5th, 2007, 9:50 pm / #3

Thank you for questioning Lynch and Donovan’s marketing.

They are well intentioned, True Believers.

This letter to the San Rafael School Board summarizes how the TM-Cult lures young vulnerable students through schools.

After delivering this letter to the San Rafael School Board, and circulating the letter to key individuals in the TM Organization, Lynch’s foundation withdrew their grant to this school.

Please feel forward to this to any academic institution considering implementaion of a Transcendental Meditation program. You will do them a favor.

Gina Catena

R V Royale / February 29th, 2008, 11:29 am / #4

Now that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has passed on, he is being appreciated for all the work he did to bring spiritual principles to the whole world family. Rather than a critiqueing the man and his followers.for this work, I think it should be emulated. Rather than blowing up bridges for “peace” like governments have been doing, these people have worked to bring people together to meditate and be peaceful. If you have a better way, then please do it. We all want a better world, and any effort shoud be applauded.

BlackSun / March 1st, 2008, 12:07 pm / #5

R V Royale,

A better world can never come through fraud and self-delusion. Obviously, war is not the answer. But that doesn’t mean that meditation is. Meditation is a personal self-improvement technique, much like exercising. If it makes you a better person, and then you can more effectively contribute to humanistic causes such as reducing suffering and ending conflict, so be it.

But as I said, Maharishi Mahesh and his followers seemed to rely on “spooky action at a distance” or “mental mojo” to magically create world peace. It obviously didn’t work, and looks very unlikely to ever work. Isn’t one of the the definitions of insanity to keep doing the same thing and expecting different results?

Andreas Mannal / July 6th, 2009, 1:09 am / #6

Who cares about "TM" or any other special claim to meditation? Life itself is a meditation to begin with and we better get with it anyway we can. There is no meditation outside of life itself.

Bob / August 17th, 2011, 12:35 pm / #7

But meditation does do things for those who do not meditate:
I'd be interested to hear your take on the above study.

Tom Young / August 2nd, 2012, 11:55 am / #8

I believe in recognizing yourself, and doing your own things to better your mind. Meditation is great, but people must realize exactly how it works.

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