The Transcendental Meditation® Technique is taught through a seven-step course of instruction by a trained Transcendental Meditation Technique teacher. The course is followed by weekly, and then monthly, checking sessions (averaging 20-30 minutes) to ensure correct practice of the technique. The course also includes an optional, lifetime follow-up of checking and knowledge to ensure maximum benefit.
(There's a special technique for children under 10.)
Phase 1: The initial seven steps
Step 1: Introductory Lecture A vision of possibilities through the Transcendental Meditation programme--enhancing mental potential, health, and social relationships, and promoting world peace. (1 hour)
Step 2: Preparatory Lecture The mechanics of the Transcendental Meditation 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 brief private meeting with a qualified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation programme, following the Preparatory Lecture. (10-15 minutes)
Steps 4 through 7 are for instruction and take place on four consecutive days:
Step 4: Personal Instruction One-on-one instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique with a qualified Transcendental Meditation teacher. (1-2 hours)
Step 5: First Day of Checking (group meeting) Verifying correctness of the practice and further instruction. (1-2 hours)
Step 6: Second Day of Checking (group meeting) Understanding the mechanics of the Transcendental Meditation technique based on personal experiences. (1-2 hours)
Step 7: Third Day of Checking (group meeting) Understanding higher stages of human development. (1-2 hours)
Once you have completed these seven steps, you have the intellectual and experiential knowledge of how to meditate. Next comes a series of important weekly and monthly personal checking sessions to ensure that you are meditating properly and gaining the benefits. These classes will be scheduled at your convenience over your first several months of practice.
As a course graduate, you are eligible for lifetime follow-up at any Transcendental Meditation learning center. This includes personal checking of your meditation, Advanced Lectures, special events, group meditations, and celebrations.