Mental Technique

TM is a mental technique that is compatible with all religions and beliefs. A nice expression of this are the positive statements about TM by priests and monks of various religions who have practiced TM since a long time and therefore have a deep and thorough personal knowledge and experience of TM.

Research Summary On TM

Hundreds of scientific studies have been conducted on the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation program at more than 200 independent universities and research institutions worldwide in the past 40 years, and the National Institutes of Health has awarded over $26 million to research the prevention-oriented health benefits of the TM program. Findings have been published in leading, peer-reviewed scientific journals, including The American Journal of Cardiology and the American Heart Association's Hypertension and Stroke.

Published research on the Transcendental Meditation program in educational settings has shown a wide range of practical benefits for both students and teachers. Benefits for students include decreased stress and stress-related disorders, reduced substance abuse, increased intelligence, increased learning ability, improved memory, improved academic performance, and improved standardized test scores. Benefits for teachers include decreased stress and stress-related disorders, decreased anxiety, reduced substance abuse, increased creativity, improved job satisfaction, improved interpersonal relationships, and reduced health care utilization and costs.

Buddhist priests who learnt TM

More than 3,000 Buddhist monks in 100 monasteries throughout Southeast Asia have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique, as a result of the work by a revered Japanese Buddhistmonk, Reverend Koji Oshima, who is a longtime TM practitioner and certified TM teacher.

According to Rev. Oshima, the Buddhist monks appreciate the simplicity, effortlessness, and profound experience of transcendence, which is gained almost immediately after starting the TM practice. Rev. Oshima adds that transcendence provides the natural basis for the monk's subsequent prayers and practices. Click to read

Catholic missionary

" Father Gabriel Mejia", catholic missionary in Colombia, has created 47 shelters, for over 3600 homeless children and youthful offenders in his home country. With the support of the David Lynch foundation he has arranged that all the 3600 children have learnt TM as well as all the staff of the organisation.

At a Press Conference in New York in conjunction with the beatle Paul McCartney's concert (April 2009), he said that TM has made his hostels peaceful places where formerly restless and unhappy children have become positive and even happy.
He emphasized that TM has tremendous value and asked the media to support the propagation of TM so that many unhappy children could experience "profound peace and waves of happiness in their lives".

Catholic priest

I am an active 66-year-old Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago who has served 7 parishes in a 40-plus year career.

The practice of TM has been among the highest priorities in my life since I began to meditate 33 years ago. I also became a Sidha by learning the advanced TM-Sidhi program, including Yogic Flying, 17 years ago. During this entire time span I have practiced these techniques faithfully, twice a day, 365 times a year, including all the secular and religious holidays...

The daily centering experience as a meditator and a Sidha has deepened my appreciation of the contemplative dimensions of mental prayer taught in the Catholic spiritual tradition. As a calmer and more centered person, my prayerful reading of the sacred scriptures is more profound and rewarding. Deeper meaning seems to surface as I read the various passages of the books of the Holy Bible.

I certainly recommend Transcendental Meditation to everyone, particularly to those in the society who are responsible for the spiritual and intellectual growth of congregations and students.

Father Leonard Dubi
Saint Victor Parish, Calumet City, IL, USA.