Making the Transcendental Meditation program available to all areas of society has been the goal of the world-wide, non-profit, TM organization since it was founded by Maharishi in 1959. Now, growing recognition of the profound benefits of the TM program has created an unprecedented demand for it by individuals and institutions around the globe.
To make the Transcendental Meditation program available to everyone, regardless of their age, income or resources, new loans, scholarships and grants have been established and the course fees for learning the TM program have been lowered by 40%. More than 100,000 students in inner-city schools have learned the TM program through full scholarships.
However, the cost of providing the highest standard of teaching and lifetime follow-up support continues to increase. We need to do more in this challenging economic climate to help people in our own communities with a sincere desire to learn TM program.
Over the past 50 years, the generous support of local donors has ensured that local TM centers everywhere can continue to offer this program, which remains so vital today.
Contributors to the Friends of the TM program can designate their support within their own community for TM scholarships, local TM center expansion or to a national TM scholarship fund. Friends of the TM Program is a part of the non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization that teaches the Transcendental Meditation program. All contributions are fully tax-deductible.
Through the Friends of the TM Program, your support, large or small, makes it possible for every student and adult in your community to have a chance to experience the many wonderful benefits of the TM program—and for the local TM Centers to continue to provide a home for this valuable, life transforming knowledge.
Are donations to the Friends of the Transcendental Meditation program tax deductible?
Yes. Friends of the TM program is a part of Maharishi Foundation USA, the non-profit educational 501(c)(3) organization that oversees all the teaching of the TM program in the U.S. When you make your donation online, by mail or at any TM Center, you will receive a letter which you can use for tax purposes once the donation is processed.
How are Friends of TM scholarships awarded?
Interested applicants can apply by filling out a Scholarship/Loan Application form. After evaluating the application during a personal interview with the applicant, the TM Teacher will present his or her recommendation to the local Center committee of TM Teachers’ for approval. Applications will be approved based upon the applicant’s reason for applying, the applicant’s financial need, and availability of scholarship funds.
Can I earmark my donation to go for scholarships and activities that will be used exclusively by my local TM Center?
Yes. Most donors choose to earmark their donation to apply solely to their own local TM Center. This is easily done by filling in the appropriate box on the online donation form or donation card. Donors also have the option of applying their donation to a “National TM Center donation fund”. These donations will be disbursed to Centers according to need and activity. You can also choose to earmark your donation to be used for local TM Center expenses and expansion projects.
How much of my donation will actually be used for scholarships or TM Center activities and how much is used to administer the TM Friends program?
100% of your donations will be used for providing scholarships as earmarked by you. The Friends of TM scholarships and donation program add no additional expenses to the local center.
How can I make my donation?
You can donate online, by telephone or mail
Catalyze a Major Life Change
“The TM program seemed to reach out and find me at a time when I needed it the most and had the least means. The offer of a scholarship not only provided a way, but also provided a sense of universal support that helped to catalyze a major life change. Thank you so much!”
Westchester County, NY
The TM program is having great effects in my life
“I want to tell you how much I appreciate the scholarship fund that was offered to me so that I may attend the TM program. I am on disability and could not afford to pay for the full course. If not for the scholarship program I would not be able to attend. I have been meditating for a little over a month and I’m starting to see how the TM technique is having great effects in my life. I hope that the scholarship program will continue so that others that are in need of financial assistance can receive it and they to can obtain this wonderful practice. Thank you Diana and Jeff for being such wonderful teachers and thank you to the people who support the scholarship fund.”
Helping me cope with trauma
“The TM technique has been invaluable in helping me cope with recent trauma. It continues to amaze me with it’s simplicity and effectiveness. Getting the lowered rate for financial need was key in getting me into the center in the first place. I don’t see how I could’ve done it otherwise. I am eternally grateful for the technique and the teachers who I have learned so much from.”
New York City
A window to a peaceful place that I have never been
“The TM technique is the window to a peaceful place that I have never been. The space that you enter has not feelings, emotions, or thoughts. Therefore, the experience is magnificent. It feels like you are reborn again after each practice. Imagine to wake up with no worries, no stress. I call it my mental private spa. Absolutely delightful. Please try this technique. It is so wonderful that my children are learning. I want them to experience what I have found.”
Round Rock, Texas
Cultivating peace and clarity within
“Having recently graduated from college and facing the reality of student loans, I could not have done the TM course without the assistance of the grant. I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to learn how to meditate. Everyday, I look forward to the moment where I can sit in meditation and let the rest of the world fade away, cultivating peace and clarity within.”
Facing life with a sense of calm and presence
“Receiving a scholarship to learn the TM technique was a precious gift. It has exceeded my expectations to manage stress and immediately helped me to face my self and life with a sense of calm and presence. It’s extraordinary how quick and simple it is to learn and practice.”
Orange County, CA
A priceless precious lifelong gift
“Words cannot express my gratitude to the TM organization, especially my instructors. Without the scholarship, I could never have learned. I started practicing the TM technique during a time when I needed it most but could not afford it. Now it is a priceless and precious lifelong gift.”
Solitude and relaxation every day
“Receiving the TM grant was the first step in a turning point for me—after experiencing some acute and longer term emotionally and physically difficult issues I was suffering from severe anxiety—after my very first lesson my husband could see a difference in my level of anxiety. I’ve now been practicing the method faithfully for five months and find that both my body and mind crave the 20 minutes of solitude and relaxation each day. I am extremely appreciative of this grant for without it I simply could not have afforded to learn the method at a time when it was critically needed. Many thanks.”
“Meditation has given me a sense of inner peace that I never thought I could obtain (and it really is just another form of love). The generous grant from The David Lynch Foundation made learning the TM technique a reality—even at my current ‘starving actor’ status”.
New York City
I was basically able to change my life
“The TM program has really helped me. When something stressful happens, I can deal with it in a smarter, balanced, more harmonious way. As a student, money really comes into play in my decisions of what to do. Thanks to the Friends of the TM program, I was basically able to change my life.”
San Diego, CA
Everything about your life transforms
“I’ve had some awesome effects. Sleeping better at night is a huge benefit. In the morning I had such a deep sleep. I’ve been sleeping so much. I’m making more money now because my attitude has changed. If it wasn’t for the scholarship, there’s no way we’d be able to start. Everything about your life transforms.”
San Diego, CA
Supporting the local Transcendental Meditation Center is personally a great joy. I can think of nothing more important, nothing that will benefit the community as much as helping to make the knowledge of how to unfold our full inner potential more available.
North Bethesda, MD
I have been donating to our TM Center ever since I can remember. For me, it is the most natural thing to do. It’s a way I can help give this wonderful meditation technique to so many more people and support the people who are doing that. It’s my way of helping to bring the light of peace and happiness to the whole world.
“Think globally and act locally” is a popular phrase these days. For generations, our family been a strong supporter of this idea—to always include the local area in which you live when planning acts of gifts and generosity. Helping to maintain and expand our local TM Center activities has always been at the top of our list of local donations because it has such a profound and long term positive benefit for individuals personally as well as for the community as a whole.
Bernie and Terry Nevas
The TM Center has proven to be a wonderful focal point of growth and development for my family and me. I take advantage of the many programs offered, and when I am unable, I often feel inspired to make a contribution to the TM Center scholarship fund so that others may do the same. I can say from personal experience that in each instance after making a small financial pledge, I have been rewarded in very direct ways.
Because of the many challenges that people face in the world today, the fast pace, the stress, and other issues, the TM program is needed more than ever. I support the use of the Transcendental Meditation program to transform everyone’s experience to positivity. It is a gift to me to be able to donate so others can experience the state of pure consciousness within. I feel gifted. It’s something that’s good for me. It’s a pleasure.
San Diego, CA
I have been practicing the TM technique for over thirty-five years. As a result, there have been many positive changes in my life. I decided that there was no better way to express my gratitude for the growth of consciousness, than to donate funds for young underprivileged kids on the Lower East Side of Manhattan to learn TM program. I invite everyone to join and help others discover the bliss and happiness that lies within each one of us
New York City, NY
The TM technique is a simple, easy-to-practice technique that allows one to tap into that infinite potential within—a reservoir of energy, happiness and creativity. Everyone should have the opportunity to develop this in their life. We feel very gratified to be a part of making this happen for others.
Mack and Carol Travis
“For everyone hearing an introductory lecture on the TM program, even those for whom the TM course fees are easily affordable, just knowing that scholarships are available to those in need is a great comfort. The availability of scholarships for people in all walks of life with financial need confirms that the true goal of the TM teacher and the TM teaching organization is to make the TM program available to everyone who wants to learn. Donations to the Friends of TM program makes this possible.”
Tom and Roxanne Factor
Jackson Hole, Wyoming