05/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

It's extremely rare for the surviving members of the Beatles to perform together, but this month they found a cause they could both believe in - and it wasn't cold, hard cash. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr took to a New York stage with other top musicians, including Moby and Sheryl Crow, for a one-off concert entitled Change Begins Within. All the profits - around $3m (£2m) - were earmarked for the David Lynch Foundation, an organisation headed by the famously esoteric film director which plans to teach Transcendental Meditation (TM) to a million young people in the US.

"Over 40 years ago, we ended up in Rishikesh," said Starr, "where we hung out with Maharishi ... Since then - sometimes a lot, sometimes a little - I have meditated."

Now Lynch plans to give the gift of meditation to as many schoolchildren as possible.

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