The original website TranceNet.org was discontinued in 2005.
A selection of pages on Transcendental Meditation has been republished
by the Scientia Institute, with the permission of TranceNet.org Society.
Except where noted, entire contents Copyright 1995-2001 TranceNet.org Society.
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From the original homepage: Meditation is one of nature's miracles [...] And TM seems to be as good or better than any of the forms of meditation that we know of [...] We believe that the majority of people who practice TM will find that they enjoy it [...] We do, however, think there is evidence that it is either not effective [...] for a certain percentage of the population, on the order of 10% to 20% [...] We do feel that the TM movement [...] is in need of serious reform to bring it in line with the ethical - even legal - standards our culture expects.

Current main page, similar to the original index2.shtml
Old home page as it was when it was last updated (October 2000)
Research - Personal stories - Natural Law Party - About TranceNet


Important excerpt from the original website about the website itself
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TranceNet is a critical resource on Transcendental Meditation; by this we mean that our web site focuses on material that is critical of the TM program [...]

We offer our site not as a complete answer to questions about TM, but rather as a balance to the largely unbalanced and uncritical resources published by the TM movement and its followers. Thousands of former members of TM have contacted us in the last years [...]

Over the years we at trancenet.org have received many communications that are variations on a basic theme, "What do you have against meditation?" [...]

Many of us are not critical of meditation itself for most people. Meditation is one of nature's miracles. For most people it is an extraordinary experience that adds much to life. Dr. Herbert Benson, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard University, and other researchers have shown that many forms of meditation offer specific benefits, such as lowered blood pressure and increased relaxation when practiced regularly. And TM seems to be as good or better than any of the forms of meditation that we know of [...]

We believe that the majority of people who practice TM will find that they enjoy it [...]

We do, however, think there is evidence that it is either not effective, not enjoyable, or downright dangerous for a certain percentage of the population, on the order of 10% to 20%.

But the bottom line is if you enjoy Transcendental Meditation -- and the religious aspects or repressive policies of the TM movement do not conflict with your beliefs -- why not do it?

We do feel, however, that the Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation movement and the Natural Law Party are in need of serious reform to bring it in line with the ethical -- even legal -- standards our culture expects.

It's not our purpose to debate satisfied members of these groups. We have no reason to doubt that many, many have experiences and beliefs that are very fulfilling [...]

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Current main page, similar to the original index2.shtml
Old home page as it was when it was last updated (October 2000)
Research - Personal stories - Natural Law Party - About TranceNet


The original website TranceNet.org was discontinued in 2005.
A selection of pages on Transcendental Meditation has been republished
by the Scientia Institute, with the permission of TranceNet.org Society.
Except where noted, entire contents Copyright 1995-2001 TranceNet.org Society,
an unincorporated nonprofit organization, executive director, John M. Knapp, LMSW.
Click here for more information.