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Last updated: August 25, 1997 1) What is the Transcendental Meditation technique and program? The Transcendental Meditation technique is a method of mantra meditation popularized by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (12 Jan 1917- ), an Indian monk. The Transcendental Meditation program includes TM and various related services, including meditation checking, residence and advanced courses, TM-Sidhi program, Maharishi Ayur-Veda, teacher training, etc. 2) What is the purpose of this newsgroup? This newsgroup generally contains discussion of various aspects of the TM program from a variety of viewpoints. Postings promoting other meditative or spiritual techniques, or from those seeking more information about programs not associated with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, are best sent to other newsgroups, including: alt.meditation General discussion of meditation. alt.meditation.quanyin The Quan Yin method of meditation. alt.meditation.shabda "Spiritual Freedom Through Inner Sound & Light" soc.religion.shamanism Discussion of the full range of shamanic experience. (Moderated) For discussions of ayurveda not specific to Maharishi Ayur-Veda: alt.health.ayurveda Really old medicine from India. (The descriptions are from the standard newsgroups file.) 3) How can I find out more about the TM program and other activities of the TM movement? a) Web sites: Complete Guide to the Transcendental Meditation Program: http://www.tm.org Maharishi University of Management: http://www.mum.edu Natural Law Party: http://www.natural-law.org b) Local Centers/Schools: There are at least 45 TM movement facilities in the United States. Look in the White Pages of your phone book under "Transcendental Meditation" or "Maharishi Vedic School," or visit the above web sites. c) Books still in print: _The Maharishi: The Biography of the Man who gave Transcendental Meditation to the West_, by Paul Mason. Element Books, 1994. The unauthorized or unofficial biography of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. _The TM Book_, by Denise Dennison. _Science of Being and Art of Living_, by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Latest edition is Meridian/Penguin, 1995. _Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita, A New Translation and Commentary, Chapters 1-6_. Meridian/Penguin. 4) How can I find out more about the TM program from the viewpoint of its critics or ex-members? a) Web sites: Meditation Information Network: http://www.minet.org "Supporting critical examination of the programs associated with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi." Trancenet: http://www.trancenet.org Mirrored at: http://www.minet.org/trancenet "Independent research on the Transcendental Meditation technique and the related programs associated with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi" b) Periodical and support group: Transcendental Meditation Ex-Members Support Group (TM-EX) P.O. Box 7565 Arlington, VA 22207 c) Books: _TM and Cult Mania_ by Michael Persinger with Normand J. Carrey and Lynn A. Suess.