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Transcendental Meditation Asheville

Tom and Jeanne Ball are the directors of the Transcendental Meditation

I am good at giving a damn.

Location
Asheville, North Carolina
Website
www.tm.org www.MeditationAsheville.org www.MeditationforWomen.org www.twitter.com/MeditationAVL www.SkepticsOnTM.org

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  • Transcendental Meditation Asheville replied to a comment by FRIERMCC

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    FRIERMCC9 months ago

    Not sure why the last post went up five times... Perhaps to bury the controversy over the fact that TM charges truly exorbitant fees for "tuition." I have been meditating successfully for thirty years in a number of traditions and have not paid a dime in "tuition." This model is fundamentally wrong in my humble opinion. The very basic techniques that TM offers are already available widely for free from a number of teachers and books. It is valuable because the practice of meditation is inherently valuable but no one should ever have to pay for the key to it.

    Transcendental Meditation Asheville9 months ago

    Thanks for your thoughts, Friermcc. I would wholeheartedly agree with you if your assumption were true--that "the very basic techniques that TM offers are available widely for free from a number of teachers and books."

    I too have practiced many different techniques from the various traditions. Then I discovered TM and found it utterly unique and fundamentally different. So I was trained as a teacher and now I have been teaching TM for 38 years. In almost every class there are people who have tried other practices. The common experience is that they find TM to be essentially different from whatever they were doing. I just taught TM to a person who had spent many years (perhaps as long as you) trying every technique in the book and had recently spent a year in a Zen monastery. Same story: he found TM refreshingly effortless and, for him, much more natural and effective. But it's always a personal thing. I'm not going to try and talk anybody into doing TM. But the generalization that all meditation techniques are the same as TM is an assumption that is, I suggest, worthy of reconsideration.

    The opinion that the other types of meditation are basically the same as TM and produce the same results is also not in line with the scientific findings. Consider, for example, the varying effects of different practices on the brain: http://phys.org/news198836667.html Or the fact that TM is the only form of meditation recommended by the American Heart Association: http://meditationasheville.blogspot.com/2013/05/heart-association-transcendental.html

    If TM could be taught for free, it would be taught that way and personal instruction and the classes with the teacher would not be necessary. But learning this particular technique of "effortless transcending" requires a trained teacher: http://meditationasheville.blogspot.com/2008/10/why-should-i-pay-course-fee-for-tm-when.html

    I understand and respect your viewpoint. I just suggest that people consider the possibility that there's another side to the story. I say this because people's lives are at stake. If research is showing one technique to be consistently more effective, for whatever reason, at reducing stress and PTSD, then it's important for veterans to know the difference.

    Tom
    www.MeditationAsheville.org

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    Anthony Schmiedeler9 months ago

    This sounded like an amazing opportunity for me when I first heard of the David Lynch Foundation, being a veteran diagnosed with PTSD. I went to the OWW website and couldn't find out how to sign up. I eventually sent an email to the general contact address and was offered to attend an info session from a TM teacher in my area. I attended the first several hour informational session, where I was forced to watch several videos and graphs claiming the benefits of TM, I started to get skeptical. It was after I signed a contract stating I would be willing to participate that I was told the extreme pricing structure that you are "encouraged" to pay into beyond the $2500 initial price. I tried bringing up my veteran status and asked how the David Lynch foundation is involved but I was only given a form where I could apply for a grant and maybe have some of price covered. I kept asking why it costs so much because I simply wanted to learn how to meditate to help cope with my PTSD symptoms but was never given a clear answer. I suggest anyone looking into this to do a little bit of research before you jump in. And if anybody knows how the David Lynch foundation actually connects with the veterans, I'd love to hear it.

    Transcendental Meditation Asheville9 months ago

    Anthony, I can't speak for whoever it was that you interacted with, but as a TM teacher in Asheville, NC, I'm sorry you felt unsatisfied in getting your questions answered. The process you described is not typical of the way things work at TM centers. "Forced to watch several videos" sounds drastic and unusual, indeed. The standard TM intro talk last no more than an hour, and here in Asheville we try to make it fun—everybody leaves feeling pretty good, it seems.

    The tuition for TM classes is $1500, and there are easily obtainable scholarships for people who cannot afford the tuition. (The tuition covers 10-12 hours of instruction, over a couple of weeks, and is set at the actual cost of making the program available. No one makes any money off the TM program—all funds go to help sustain the non-profit Maharishi Foundation and make the practice available to more people. After you've learned, there's a lifetime of unlimited follow-up and support at no further cost to you.)

    I agree that it's important to do research into TM, especially to look at what people with scientific credentials are saying (such as NIH researcher Norman Rosenthal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bHRgOIlafo and established medical organizations such as the American Heart Association: http://meditationasheville.blogspot.com/2013/05/heart-association-transcendental.html )

    Perhaps most important, consider what veterans who've directly experienced TM have to say: http://www.operationwarriorwellness.org

    How the Lynch Foundation connects with the veterans, as I understand it, is that the local TM teachers can help veterans receive funding for TM training. We can also get grants from Maharishi Foundation. It happens all the time. You can call 888-Learn-TM to speak with a TM teacher and get further assistance.

    Best of luck and thank you thank you thank you for serving our country.
    Tom
    www.MeditationAsheville.org

    PS: There are lots of good answers to questions about TM at our local website. I invite you to explore.

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