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Transcendental Meditation® Natural Stress Relief
For Profit?Nonprofit with employees (USA 501(c)(3) tax-exempt)Nonprofit and volunteer (USA 501(c)(3) tax-exempt)
Course Fee The TM course fee for adults varies in the USA from $500 to $960 depending on income and location (as of September, 2018; see www.tm.org/course-fee) $47.00 for the hardcopy learning materials and four prepaid email consultations, available on this website. (Or $25.00 for computer files you download, print, and burn yourself prior to use, available from Istituto Scientia in Italy.)
Teaching methodOne personal and five group instruction sessions led by a trained and "recertified" TM® instructor (six 1½-hour sessions) Self-learning using simple, easy to understand instructions provided in a printed manual and short audio CD (two 1-hour learning sessions a day for three consecutive days)
Travel requiredMust find and travel to a Maharishi Invincibility Center, six times for the course and once for each additional followup or support meeting No travel ever required (uses self-learning materials delivered by postal mail)
Advanced programsAdvanced Techniques, TM-Sidhi® Program, others None
Validation by scientific research Over 130 significant, well-conducted, and objective studies published in peer-reviewed journals, documenting a wide range of health and other benefits of the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation® (600 studies in total) Electroencephalographic (EEG) validation of the unique state of deep rest (transcending), galvanic skin response (GSR) validation of the unique state of deep rest (transcending), and two pilot studies, published in peer-reviewed journals, showing the dramatic reduction in anxiety and the increase in self-actualization resulting from just two weeks of practice of NSR
Ceremony performed at the time of instruction A Hindu-style puja: a "ceremony of gratitude" performed by the teacher prior to instruction involving incense, camphor, candle, altar, and picture of Maharishi's teacher, Guru Dev, with offerings of fruit, flowers, and a new handkerchief provided by the student None
Personal supportFree and unlimited checking of meditation at centers located in or near many large cities throughout the world; no help with problems or answers to questions available online Free or low-cost answers to questions about experiences and the fine points of NSR practice by Web forum, email, telephone, and Skype audio conferencing
How to learn moreVisit the official TM® Website (or visit our site about Transcendental Meditation®) Explore this Website or visit the international Istituto Scientia NSR Website