Jhana4 wrote:... I haven't read anything about TM for years, but I what I remember reading said bascially that you pay hundreds of dollars for a TM teacher to give you a word (mantra) to repeat over and over to yourself mentally. Supposedly the word is tailored to you personally, but you could probably save yourself some money and just use "aum".
I signed up for TM many years ago when it was fairly new in Australia and growing fast. Basic initiation/training was as you say - mantra meditation, 20 minutes morning and evening, with group meditations available at local centres. Initiation did cost - not hundreds but enough that you would take it seriously - and optional further courses all had bigger costs. I got a lot out of the basic technique but went no further, partly because I looked at people who had done so and didn't like what I saw.
I haven't been in touch with them for ... ah ... decades. When I just searched for them online I found http://tm.org.au/pages/where-to-learn-transcendental-meditation
13 centres nationally, which I think is about what there were back when I was involved.