Anyone can learn Transcendental Meditation. It is easy and enjoyable to practice and can give immediate results.
Transcendental Meditation is taught according to ancient methods that naturally allow the mind to experience the most fulfilling state of its own true nature. There is no need for a long period of practice, because the process is natural and intuitive. This means that anyone can learn TM, regardless of cultural, religious, or educational background, and the results are usually noticed immediately. (See what we mean by “immediate results.”) Twenty minutes twice a day is enough to produce the desired effects.
Personal guidance is necessary.
Every person is unique, and therefore the experience of meditation is different for every individual. This is why the personal guidance of a trained Transcendental Meditation teacher is necessary. When meditation is taught in a correct, personalized way, the process develops naturally and effortlessly, and only then can the greatest effects be obtained.
Once you have learned this perfectly natural technique, you can practise it on your own, but whenever any additional guidance is needed, it is available free of charge from any TM centre in the world. The need for further guidance differs from person to person, but the important point is that the guidance is always available.
TM Course Phase 1: Learning the Technique
Learning Transcendental Meditation happens in 7 steps, spread over 4-5 sessions of about 2 hours over 4-5 consecutive days.
1. Introductory seminar: An overview of the long-term effects of TM practice. All the information you need to decide whether you want to learn the TM technique, including question and answer session. (Free/without obligation, 1.5 hours).
2. Preparatory lecture: More details about the exact mechanics of the Transcendental Meditation technique in preparation for learning (30 min). Usually the preparatory lecture is given on the same evening as the introductory seminar.
3. Personal interview: Individual meeting with your TM teacher and the opportunity to discuss private questions (10-15 min.).
4. Personal instruction: The actual instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique. (1.5 hours)
5-7. Three follow-up sessions: Verification of the correct practice of the TM technique and acquisition of more knowledge, based on the growing experiences of meditation (1.5 – 2 hours per session, on 3 consecutive days after personal instruction.)
TM Course Phase 2: Follow-up
The follow-up is optional but highly recommended. Lifelong follow-up, whenever necessary or desired, is included in the course fee.
Transcendental Meditation is a do-it-yourself technique, and therefore the follow-up is entirely without obligation. However, the general experience is that the results are better if you are regularly making use of the follow-up programme. (see the importance of regular follow-up)
First 6 months: A bi-weekly to monthly follow-up is recommended to verify the correctness of the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique and to gain more knowledge about its effects.
Weekend residence course: These courses, which are available through some TM centres, are an opportunity to spend a weekend gaining deep, revitalizing rest while enjoying profound knowledge in a beautiful, settled atmosphere. Courses include extended practice of Transcendental Meditation, instruction in Yoga Asanas, group meditations, discussions of experiences with a trained Transcendental Meditation teacher, and video presentations by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the practice of Transcendental Meditation and higher states of consciousness. [Weekend residence courses are not included in the tuition fees for instruction in TM because they require in-residence room and board costs.]
Lifelong follow-up: TM students can, for the rest of their lives, attend group meditations and advanced meetings at any TM Centre that offers them, or ask any TM teacher in the world to verify the correctness of their practice. This service is free of charge in any one of our TM Centres.
TM Course Tuition
The cost of the course is:
Adults: Initial payment of $310 plus GST / HST and 4 additional payments of $250 plus GST / HST
Full-time students: Initial payment of $155 plus GST / HST and 4 additional payments of $125 plus GST / HST
Students under the age of 10: Initial payment of $77.50 plus GST / HST and 4 additional payments of $62.50 plus GST / HST
Families – this rate is available to parents and dependent children under the age of 18 if they learn at the same time: Initial payment of $645 plus GST / HST and 4 additional payments of $375plus GST / HST
Seniors living solely on a government pension, or women who have recently lost their job or are on medical disability are eligible for a scholarship of up to 50% of the regular adult rate. Please speak to one of our teachers at an introductory presentation regarding this option.
Ask for an invoice (stress-management course)
If you have your own company, be sure to ask for an invoice for your TM course. If you are employed, then why not ask your employer if they will pay for the TM course tuition? After all, the company can declare the invoice as an expense, which makes his effective cost far lower. Every progressive employer will be open to methods that can increase the productivity in the company; there is sufficient evidence that TM does exactly this. See TM paid by the employer.
Payments in Instalments
You can discuss this option with your TM teacher.
Where Can I Find Out More About the TM Course?
To find the nearest Transcendental Meditation Centre, and to contact your local Transcendental Meditation teacher for a free, no-obligation introductory seminar on the TM technique, go to Where can I learn Transcendental Meditation?
“When I feel tired, tense, scared or depressed, I meditate. It clears my mind, and makes me feel more relaxed and happier. I have shared these experiences with my friends and I recommend it to all of them.” —Katy Perry