Anyone can learn Transcendental Meditation. It is easy and enjoyable to practice and gives immediate results.
Transcendental Meditation is taught according to time-tested 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 learning 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 every day, is enough to produce the desired effects.
Personal guidance is necessary.
While the basic practice of TM is the same for everyone, each individual is unique. Therefore, the experience of meditation may vary from person to person. This is why the personal guidance of a trained Transcendental Meditation Teacher is necessary. When meditation is taught in a correct, personalised way, the process develops naturally and effortlessly and then the greatest benefits and effects are obtained.
Once we have learned this perfectly natural technique, we can practice it on our own but, whenever any additional guidance is needed, it is available from any TM centre in the world. The need for further guidance varies 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 takes place in 7 steps, spread over 4-5 consecutive days.
1. Introductory seminar: An overview of the benefits and scientific studies of TM practice. All the information that is needed to put us in a position to decide if we would like to learn the TM technique, including a question and answer session. This is free and without obligation. 1.5 hours.
2. Preparatory lecture: More details of the exact mechanics of the Transcendental Meditation technique, how it differs from other types of meditation and how it is learned & practised, in preparation for instruction. Usually the preparatory lecture is given on the same evening as the introduction seminar. 45 minutes.
3. Personal interview: Individual meeting with your TM teacher and an opportunity to discuss any private questions that you may have. 10-15 minutes.
Steps 1-3, i.e. the Introductory and Preparatory Talks as well as the Personal Interview, are normally covered in the same session by appointment. Approximately 2 hours.
4. Personal instruction: The actual personal 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 the gaining of more knowledge, based on the growing experiences of Transcendental Meditation. 1.5 hours per session on the 3 consecutive days after personal instruction.
TM Course Phase 2: Follow-up
The follow-up is optional but recommended. Life-long follow-up, whenever necessary, is available worldwide.
Transcendental Meditation is an individually practiced technique and, therefore, the follow-up is entirely without obligation. However, the general experience is that the results obtained are better if you are regularly making use of the follow-up program – see the importance of regular follow-up.
First 12 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 of the benefits.
Weekend residence course: We dive deep into the practice of meditation and will meditate more often than we normally do at home, together with other TM participants, under the strict guidance of a trained teacher. This gives deeper knowledge, deeper experience and greater appreciation of the TM technique benefits. The residence course fee is included in the initial TM course fee and only the accommodation element is charged for.
Lifelong right to follow-up: TM students can, for the rest of their lives, attend the monthly group meetings or ask any TM teacher in the world to verify the correctness of the practice. This service has a nominal charge in any one of our TM centres worldwide.
TM Course tuition
The personal guidance and follow-up that is required for correct practice of the TM technique has a certain cost and, as long as Health Insurance funds are not reimbursing the TM course tuition, this cost has to be paid by TM course participants.
Transcendental Meditation is a highly personalized course and the course tuition fee will also depend on your personal circumstances, as different scholarships are available. The tuition fees range from that for personal course at your own home, to groups fees for students. The standard tuition for a TM course for an individual is €600 and for a family is €900. For more information and a full outline of the Fees and scholarships available, please go to course tuition details.
Opportunities to reduce costs
It is the responsibility of the Government to make this accessible to everyone, just as they do with other health care.
The experience of transcending is a completely natural experience and it is everyone’s birth right to have this experience. The Transcendental Meditation teachers have, therefore, been working for 40 years to make Transcendental Meditation accessible for as many people as possible. Financial obligations require that we charge a tuition fee to ensure the TM technique can be taught correctly with a thorough follow-up programme, so that the correct practice can be ensured.
It should be the responsibility of the government and the health insurance companies to make this technique accessible to everyone. In many countries, this is already the case. You can help us with this – see how my health insurance can reimburse TM. Until then, there are some things we can do ourselves to make the TM course accessible for everyone.
Sponsorship is available for those earning below the average annual wage and for fulltime students, the unemployed and for those on disability, whose only source of income is social welfare.
Anyone who has financial difficulties may apply for sponsorship through a scholarship scheme, so that it becomes possible for everyone to follow a TM course – see course tuition details and apply for scholarship.
2 Ask for an Invoice. If you have your own company, we can provide an Invoice for your TM course. If you are employed then why not ask your employer if the company will subsidise or even pay for the TM course tuition? 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.
3. Payments by Direct Debit
You can discuss this option with your TM teacher.
4. Special price for families
There are special family rates when you learn the Transcendental Meditation technique with the entire family. An entire family of 2 parents and all children between 4 & 18 years can learn TM for 150% of the standard adult fee, ie €900. course tuition details
Where can I follow 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?
“I am already practicing TM for 37 years, and I still enjoy it every day. It has given me so much energy that I could build a successful career in sales, and, on top of that, I have built two houses and six apartments, all by myself, in my spare time. If someone would offer me €10,000 to stop practicing TM, I would not consider it, not even for a second.”
Johan Claes, Senior Account Manager of an international software company.