Posts tagged transcendental meditation
I recently made a post titled “Should I Try Transcendental Meditation?“, in which I was generally critical of this meditation practice, as it’s in service of a decidedly “for-profit” corporation. This started a few interesting conversations with others who were supporters of TM, including a link to this page.
I’m still not convinced.
I decided to email the TM organization directly with the following questions:
1. Meditation usually involves an extended period of focus on a certain point (the breath, a mantra etc.) Does TM involve practices that differ from this in any way?
2. Your website has quotes from prominent members of Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism and Islam. Has TM received similar praise from members of Eastern religions? If so, why has this not been published? If not, why not?
3. On the TM.org website, James Krag, M.D. states “The vast majority of [academic] research on meditation has been on the Transcendental Meditation technique” Do you know of any reason for this? Why have other thousand-year-old meditation techniques not been studied as extensively as TM?
4. Why isn’t the TM method published openly?
5. Why are TM mantras kept secret? More >
Transcendental Meditation has been growing in popularity ever since The Beatles first met Maharishi Yogi, the founder of TM. Paul McCartney still appears supportive of Transcendental Meditation, and has continued to promote this practice with another celebrity, director David Lynch.
Check out this interview between Lynch and McCartney. An unlikely combination!
Despite the celebrity endorsements, there are many things about TM that make me uncomfortable.
The main issue is this: Transcendental Meditation is a brand.