Inside Story

Transcendental Meditation®

Why TM?

What TM is and what
it can do for you  

ABC Good Morning America

What did they say
about TM?  

(video 3:57)

Proven Effective for
stress and anxiety

Stanford research:
TM is twice as effective  

How do I learn TM?

Course description
and steps to learn  


Reduced for adults,
students, and couples  

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near you and learn more

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What’s the evidence?

A summary of studies from
Harvard, Stanford, and more  

Is TM really easy
to practice?

Ellen DeGeneres shares her experience  

American Heart

AHA: TM is the only meditation
found to lower blood pressure  

How is TM different?

Different forms of meditation
produce very different results  

What is enlightenment?

Inner calm, clarity and
harmony in daily life  

“An island of calm”

Paul McCartney  


Bob Roth, Director
David Lynch Foundation (20:44)  


John Hagelin, PhD
Quantum Physicist (16:40)  

More Videos  

TM Blog  

Authentic TM technique

Beware of meditations claiming to be the same or similar to the TM technique. They are very different—and there is no evidence they provide the same benefits documented in the published research on the TM technique.


The TM technique can only be taught by certified TM teachers in a course carefully personalized for each individual. All certified TM teachers have successfully completed an intensive 5-month in-residence Teacher Training Course, and they maintain their certification through ongoing professional courses for TM teachers.

Personalized one-on-one instruction

All certified TM teachers provide personal one-on-one TM instruction—as well as group sessions over the next three days to verify correctness of the practice and provide further instruction.

Certified TM teachers

If you learn meditation from someone who’s not a certified TM teacher, you’re not learning the authentic TM technique.


In the U.S., the training and certification of TM teachers is available exclusively from Maharishi Foundation USA through their 5-month in-residence courses. The Foundation also provides ongoing professional courses for maintaining TM teacher certification.

Free lifetime support

Personal one-on-one “tune-ups” of your TM practice, TM refresher courses, and access to certified TM teachers anywhere in the U.S. to answer your questions.

TM community

Advanced lectures, special events, group meditations, celebrations, online resources, and more.


The TM technique is taught in the U.S. by Maharishi Foundation USA, a federally recognized non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization.
Helping those in need

No owners or shareholders

As a non-profit, 100% of the TM course fee supports our educational and charitable initiatives. There are no profit distributions of any kind.

170 TM centers in the U.S.

The TM course fee helps cover the operating costs of 170 TM centers and the national offices that serve them.


Employees—including senior management—receive salaries well below the U.S. median salaries for their positions.

TM teacher compensation

The median earnings of full-time certified TM teachers is about the same as that of U.S. school teachers.

Independent audit

The organization’s finances are audited annually by an independent CPA firm.

Video: Serving at-risk children 
	and others in need (3:25)

Helping those in need

More than 500,000 full TM scholarships have been given to at-risk children, military veterans, domestic violence victims, homeless people, and others in need, through partnerships with the David Lynch Foundation and other non-profit organizations.

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The Transcendental Meditation technique is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis or treatment.
Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider regarding any medical condition.