How to Learn

The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught through the three phases summarized below.

Please refer to Where to Learn for contact information in your local area.


Step 1: FREE Introductory Talk—A vision of possibilities through the Transcendental Meditation program—enhancing mental potential, health and social relationships, and promoting world peace. (1 hour)

Step 2: FREE Preparatory Talk—The mechanics of the TM technique—how it works, why it is easy to learn and effortless to practice, how it is different from other forms of meditation, and the origins of the technique. (45 minutes)

Step 3: Personal Interview—A private meeting with a certified TM teacher. (10–15 minutes)

Note: Steps 4 through 7 take place over four consecutive days.

Step 4: Personal Instruction in the TM technique with a qualified TM teacher. (1–2 hours) Note: TM Course Tuition is required at this step.

Step 5: First Day of Checking—Verifying correctness of the practice and further instruction. (1–2 hours)

Step 6: Second Day of Checking—Understanding the mechanics of the TM technique. (1–2 hours)

Step 7: Third Day of Checking—Understanding higher stages of human development. (1–2 hours)


Once you have completed the initial seven steps of instruction, you have the intellectual and experiential knowledge of how to properly practice the Transcendental Meditation technique. Next comes a series of important personal meetings with your TM teacher. These 30 to 45 minute sessions serve to stabilize the correctness of your meditation practice and thereby ensure that you are gaining its full benefits. These sessions will be scheduled at your convenience throughout the first few months of your TM practice.


As a course graduate, you are eligible for this lifetime program at any Transcendental Meditation center. This includes personal checking of your meditation practice, advanced lectures, special events, group meditations, and celebrations. Should you ever need to refresh your practice or desire further instruction, it is available to you at no cost at your TM Centre.