Film director David Lynch holds a check for $ 1,000,000 at the press conference for The David Lynch Foundation’s Operation Warrior Wellness, held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on December 2, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Mark Davis/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES — Academy Award-nominated director David Lynch – a longtime advocate of Transcendental Meditation – wants soldiers and veterans to experience the stress-reducing benefits of TM.
The David Lynch Foundation is giving $ 1 million in grants to teach the meditation technique to active-duty military personnel and veterans and their families suffering from post-traumatic stress.
The filmmaker said Friday that the grants are from the Operation Warrior Wellness division of his foundation, which funds meditation instruction for various populations, including inner-city students and jail inmates.
Lynch’s credits include the films “Eraserhead,” “The Elephant Man,” “Blue Velvet,” “Wild at Heart,” “Lost Highway” and “Mulholland Drive,” and the TV series “Twin Peaks.”