Transcendental Meditation is a meditation technique associated with a quasi-religious movement. “The TM technique involves the use of a sound or mantra, and is practiced for 15–20 minutes twice per day. It is taught by certified teachers through a standard course of instruction, which costs a fee that varies by country. According to the Transcendental Meditation movement, it is a method for relaxation, stress reduction, and self-development. Varying views on whether the technique is religious or non-religious have been expressed including by sociologists, scholars, and a New Jersey court case.” – Wikipedia.
My collaborator Ries Straver (Horst Schicklegrüber from my film The Sarany Motel), takes exception with the David Lynch book I reference in Episode 8 of Studio Practice and with Transcendental Meditation ™ as a whole. He suggests “Meditation and It’s Practice” by Swami Rama instead. In the episode, I failed to make it clear that I’m referring to transcendental meditation techniques, NOT the cult™ that has developed around the practice.