Iowa Town Finds Success in Serenity

Fairfield a Mecca for Transcendental Meditation

An aerial view of the Maharishi University of Management campus in Fairfield, Iowa.

An aerial view of the Maharishi University of Management campus in Fairfield, Iowa. Rick Donhauser hide caption

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A group meditation session.

Twice a day, thousands of meditators gather for 20-minute TM sessions at one of two domes -- one for men, one for women -- on the Maharishi University campus in Fairfield. Rick Donhauser hide caption

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While other towns in the region struggle, the small community of Fairfield, Iowa, has flourished through serenity. A school for Transcendental Meditation, established 30 years ago by a former guru for the Beatles, has turned the town into a thriving cultural center. Hear NPR's Greg Allen.

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