April 25, 2022 • ISSUE 620

Dylan MacDonald

Pursuing Enlightened Leadership

MIU student Dylan MacDonald was working on a banana farm in Australia when he learned the Transcendental Meditation® technique. Now he is one of four recipients of the new Enlightened Leadership Program scholarship.
Dylan grew up in the United States, had a troubled youth, and lacked direction. But then he began reading religious texts and practicing meditation. The more he learned, the more he wanted to follow a spiritual path. Looking for a fresh start, he moved to Australia. He had heard about the TM technique before, and when he learned it two years ago he knew he had arrived at the end of his quest. “I realized that I wanted to teach TM and help others,” he said.

Working on a banana farm in Australia

Soon he changed jobs and started working with the disabled and the elderly. He spent all of his free time volunteering for the Australian TM® organization, helping to organize courses and retreats. Last summer he heard about the Enlightened Leadership Program at MIU. Although higher education was not on his mind, he felt compelled to pursue it. He applied, got accepted, and a few weeks later arrived on campus.
“It’s been amazing,” he said. “For the first time in my life, I feel fulfilled by my education and the knowledge I am learning.” Dylan in majoring in a new track, Enlightened Leadership, which aims to train students for leadership roles in the TM organization by offering courses in Maharishi Vedic Science℠, management, and business.

With friends during the TM-Sidhi course

Last winter Dylan also completed the TM®-Sidhi program and has enjoyed attending the group practice in the Golden Domes. In his free time Dylan studies Mandarin and wants to be able to teach the TM technique in both English and Mandarin.