Wednesday, April 16, 2003

'Palace' to spread peace through meditation

The Associated Press

LEXINGTON - A $4 million Peace Palace expected to become a model throughout the world will serve as a gathering place for people wanting to spread peace through transcendental meditation.

"The basis of world peace is in the individual," said Tom Linner, administrator of the center, which sits on 11 acres at the University of Kentucky's Coldstream Research Campus.

About 15 to 20 people meet for about an hour a day to meditate at the Peace Palace, which opened last summer.

Lexington businessman Howard Settle, who has practiced transcendental meditation since 1972, provided the money to build the center.

"You can't prove what it does for you," Settle said of meditation, "but over time, the effects become more and more noticeable."

Practitioners say it also helps them relieve stress, stay healthy, feel happy and become mentally alert.

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