Skip to main content.
A non-profit service providing academics, religion professionals and other researchers with religion & cult news
ReligionNewsBlog

Religion news articles about religious cults, sects, world religions, and related issues

Home | About RNB Related: Cult FAQ | Cult Experts | Apologetics Index | Cult Information Search Engine
More articles about: Transcendental Meditation:

Celebrities push for Transcendental Meditation center in L.A.


ReligionNewsBlog.com • Tuesday June 17, 2003

AP, June 14, 2003
http://www.dailybulletin.com/
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES Celebrity backers of a proposed meditation center say the new “Peace Center” would lift the spirits of city residents.

Practitioners of Transcendental Meditation want to build a $4 million center where 200 followers of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi can gather twice a day to practice a technique called “yogic flying.” The goal, they say, is to spread positive vibrations into the community to help reduce tension and crime.

Backers include actors Stephen Collins, Laura Dern, Heather Graham and Laura Harring as well as director David Lynch.

The group has not yet raised the cash to pay for it, nor have they found the spot to place the proposed 20,000-square-foot facility, which will face east. Possible locations include Beverly Hills, near Los Angeles International Airport or Agoura Hills.

“We have three sites the one that gets the zoning first gets it,” said John Hagelin, a national TM leader. So far, “Peace Centers” have opened in Bethesda, Md., Lexington, Ky. and Fairfield, Iowa. Hagelin said the goal is to build 100 facilities around the country.

Supporters said the center would provide tangible benefits to Los Angeles.

“It’s not a pretty building where people strum guitars and sing about peace,” said director Lynch, who said he has practiced TM for 30 years. “It’s a peace factory.”

According to the Transcendental Meditation Web site, yogic flying involves the body lifting up and moving forward in short hops. The individual experiences bliss and, when practiced by a group of people, yogic flying helps to reduce negative energy and promotes positive trends in the larger society.

“It’s a form of levitation you’re actually lifted one or two feet by the exhilaration” that some describe “as “bubbling bliss,”‘ explained Transcendental Meditation spokesman Joseph Boxerman.

info Original content is © Copyright Religion News Blog. All rights reserved.
    Do not republish or repost. Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

share this article Share this article

tag Related Articles

arrow

Comment Comment

Join Religion News Blog at Google+ to comment, share, and follow.

RSS Feed Follow Us


 Follow

Religion News You May Like This As Well

Why are you not using Nozbe?

Don't you need to get things done?

Religion News Search Search Religion News Blog