The iconoclastic mind behind Blue VelvetTwin Peaks and, one of the first celebrity membership sites on the internet, jumped into the online television game a few years ago, launching the David Lynch Foundation’s DLF.TV.


The site’s focus is not on creating memorable demon spirits likeTwin Peaks’ Bob, but rather spreading the word about a time-worn technique to eradicate them, namely transcendental meditation, or TM.

“Instead of taking Ritalin, Prozac or any of those other drugs, you just sit and meditate for 20 minutes in the morning and afternoon, go about your business, and watch things get better and better,” Lynch told in a lengthy 2007 interview in which he discussed TM. “It doesn’t happen overnight, but it happens, and some things happen right away. The anger that I had when I first started meditating in 1974 lifted in two weeks. It kinda just went away.”

DLF.TV’s first webcast aired April 4, 2009, when TM (and Lynch) fans like Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder and more took the stage at Radio City Music Hall for the foundation’s Change Begins Withinbenefit concert. The goal of the concert was the same as Lynch’s foundation, which is, as he explained in his own jocular way to, “to give transcendental meditation to any student that wants it, so they can dive within, start expanding that consciousness, start expanding that bliss, and get on the big, fast train to enjoying life.”

It’s a mission that has been partly accomplished. To date, the David
Lynch Foundation has given scholarships to more than 70,000 at-risk students in schools around the world to help them learn TM technique. The new site features a wealth of information on that technique, as well as cool recurring video features such as “David Doing Stuff” and “Daily David,”
in which Lynch jams with Moby (below) or meditates with thousands in

The online television station is just another way Lynch has used the internet to take control of his production, artistic and otherwise. After launching the subscription-based in the late ’90s to fund and expose his creative work and now an internet TV station dedicated to the educational mission of his well-intentioned foundation, the longtime director has positioned himself well for when the future of the digital age comes calling.

via Wired By Scott Thill