Consciousness Based Education


'The process of education takes place in the field of consciousness. The prerequisite for gaining complete education, complete knowledge—the prerequisite for knowing everything, experiencing everything, and doing everything—is to bring the awareness to the level of pure intelligence, pure knowledge, self-referral intelligence, self-referral consciousness, Transcendental Consciousness.
—Maharishi, Maharishi Vedic University (362-page publication)

Science, Transcendental Meditation and the sacred: How Native Americans are healing diabetes and saving their schools
29 July 2015 - Students on Native American reservations in the rural midwestern USA have been enjoying practising Transcendental Meditation, while helping turn around their schools. 'It makes me feel so good, so alive,' they say. 'The way I experience meditating is that it calms you. It helps your brain work and helps it grow,' one student said. As test scores rose and absenteeism dropped, the increased energy and creativity of the meditating students spread to the whole school. Elders in another tribal community were inspired to learn TM by positive changes they saw in their young people. They found improvements in their own serious health problems including diabetes and heart disease, and also began to remember some of the traditional songs they had forgotten. (more)

Buddhist school in Thailand offers Transcendental Meditation to its students
22 June 2015 - The Dhammajarinee Witthaya school in northern Thailand continues to be a very special school where poor or orphaned girls can get free education from kindergarten to grade 12. Thousands of girls have been uplifted from poverty under the leadership of Buddhist nun Acharn Yai, the school's director and principal. Over 400 students are enjoying their twice-daily practice of Transcendental Meditation, saying it relieves stress, and promotes inner peace and mental clarity. 'Before learning to meditate I felt frustrated and didn't want to do anything. But when I close my eyes to meditate, my frustration decreases, my irritation subsides and I feel good. . . . I can focus on my studies more,' said one student. (more)

From Shanghai to Maharishi School
27 April 2015 - Queena Zhou left Shanghai in search of an extraordinary high school experience and she found it at Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. When asked what was the greatest thing she would take from her experience there she said, 'It's about knowing myself, connecting with deeper levels of myself.' Queena says her parents are now confident to let her make her own decisions and adds, 'I now know the reason for my existence, what I want to accomplish in my life and also as a part of society. I have the desire to give back and help make some contribution of my own. I want to be a social entrepreneur and make a positive impact by supporting good business practices such as fair labor, sustainability, and green initiatives.' (more)

The science of learning and art of teaching: How the TM technique is transforming the way children learn
22 April 2015 - For the school administrators and teachers who have seen their schools transformed with Quiet Time, it's a program that holds great promise for educating children and providing them with an immensely valuable tool for life. In research on students with ADHD who practised Transcendental Meditation, after six months 'the brain functioning of the meditating students had moved from being solidly within clinical ADHD symptoms to just within normal brain functioning,' said leading brain researcher Dr Fred Travis. He explained that integrated brain functioning results in improved focus on schoolwork, organizational abilities, ability to work independently, level of happiness, and quality of sleep. One urban school reported an increase in attendance to 98.6 percent, an 86 percent drop in suspension, and a 42-point gain in academic performance on state tests. (more)

USA: School students win highest awards at state science fair
13 April 2015 - Students from Fairfield, Iowa, USA won top awards at the Iowa State Science and Technology Fair. A senior from Maharishi School, along with his Fairfield High School partner were Grand Honorary Champions of the Iowa State Science Fair in Ames last month. The two won other awards including 1st place in Computer Science and the INTEL Excellence in Computer Science Award, and qualified for a expense-paid trip to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this year--the world's largest international pre-college science competition. Joining them will be an MSAE eighth-grader who be an MSAE eighth-grader who won the Grand Champion, Junior Division award. (more)

US: Maharishi University of Management ranked #4 on list of top environmental colleges
26 March 2015 - The website recently released their first annual Top Environmental Science Schools rankings, placing Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, #4 in their list of the 50 top colleges in the United States. (more)

Fault Lines: Transcendental Meditation promotes harmony, unity when relationships quake
18 March 2015 - School psychologist and Transcendental Meditation teacher Susan Linden likens relationship problems to the earthquakes that can occur along tectonic fault lines. 'TM practice reduces the friction that creates the ''fault'' in fault lines in two main ways,' she says: 'TM enhances individual confidence and awareness and it connects humans by direct experience at the deepest level of shared humanity. Differences will always be there. But they will be appreciated as interesting expressions of another self, rather than barriers to the harmony we can all find and enjoy amidst our diversity.' (more)

India: Consciousness-Based Education students win Times Science Quiz
31 January 2015 - The Times of India reported recently from Chennai that the Times Science Quiz was won by students of Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools. Over 1,000 students from 120 schools across Chennai took part in the quiz, held last week. The largest chain of privately owned public schools in India, Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools offer Consciousness-Based Education in 118 cities across 16 states. (more)

Transcendental Meditation helps to cope with hyperactivity
29 January 2015 - A discussion of how Transcendental Meditation relieves symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder includes links to scientifically-validated studies and a heart-warming video of young people explaining how their lives became better after learning TM. One boy explained about being frustrated and not being able to contain anger before learning the practice. Another called himself a 'lean, mean, stress-machine'. In their interviews three months after learning TM, the first boy said, 'It helped me with my schoolwork, not getting frustrated with my friends . . . . ' The second boy claimed, 'I don't stress as much anymore . . . . It's making me be able to focus under stress.' (more)

Potential for creating stress-free schools stirs deep interest in Israel
7 January 2015 - The idea that education should be for enlightenment, and promote full development of the brain, met with great enthusiasm among people in Israel who attended a series of presentations on Consciousness-Based Education this past year by Dr Ashley Deans, an international expert in this field. Israelis deeply appreciated learning about stress-free schools--a welcome concept, almost incomprehensible in a country where many experience high levels of stress in daily life. People were moved to hear about the success of Consciousness-Based Education in hundreds of schools throughout the world, Dr Deans said--especially that it is a system backed by scientific research which can create world peace. (more)

Do gender differences affect student achievement?
1 September 2014 - 'One thing is clear: girls and boys alike are struggling with stress today, and stress can make it hard to focus,' writes Linda Egenes, exploring various initiatives to improve academic achievements in both genders. 'Some schools are helping their students experience academic success without stress by introducing the Transcendental Meditation technique. By meditating for a few minutes at the beginning and end of the school day, many children--along with their parents and teachers--are reporting a wide range of positive benefits due to their meditation sessions, from better grades to better behavior to feeling happier.' She refers to findings of a 2012 study published in Mind and Brain, The Journal of Psychiatry (Vol 2, No 1): 'improved brain functioning and decreased symptoms of ADHD in students practising the Transcendental Meditation technique'. (more)

Research connects gene expression with Transcendental Meditation
2 August 2014 - Supaya Wenuganen's recent doctoral dissertation research at Maharishi University of Management (MUM), USA, explored how the Transcendental Meditation technique influences gene expression and ojas, the life energy of the body. Dr Wenuganen's results showed '74 gene expression differences between the older TM group and the older control group,' Dr Fred Travis, brain researcher and Dean of the Graduate School at MUM, explained. 'Analysis of these differences identified six important pathways related to health and aging that were affected by the TM program. Close examination of 15 genes from these pathways found especially large effects on four important genes related to health, two of which were specifically related to the anti-aging effects of Transcendental Meditation.' (more)

Letter from a mother to her 10 year old with ADHD
25 June 2014 - A mother writes a beautiful letter to her son who has been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), explaining how it accounts for aspects of his behaviour and challenging situations that arise in his day to day life. She also explains how practising Transcendental Meditation may help him feel better--and herself less stressed. A doctor told her about 'an experiment where kids with ADHD learned the Transcendental Meditation technique. They meditated twice a day at school for 10 minutes each time. After three months, over half of them reported that they were less anxious and depressed. Over a quarter of them said they could focus a lot better. Plus lots of them found out their memories were better and they were more organized.' (more)

Saudi Arabia: Parents, students, school administrators learn about Consciousness-Based Education
31 May 2014 - During a recent visit to Saudi Arabia, Dr Ashley Deans, Executive Director of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, attended an educational fair sponsored by a large oil company. The company has built a school offering classes through the 8th grade, and organizes the fair to assist parents and students in choosing a high school to attend. Dr Deans presented Consciousness-Based Education, the foundation of the Maharishi School curriculum, to parents and school representatives as another potential choice for students--including a review of research demonstrating its success in improving students' brain functioning, decreasing stress, and increasing academic achievements. (more)

Australia: New Maharishi Vastu buildings for school in Melbourne
12 May 2014 - Maharishi School in Melbourne, Australia, offers primary education to boys and girls up to the age of 12. The school's Consciousness-Based Education approach, including the daily practice of Transcendental Meditation, offers a unique means of integrating all aspects of the curriculum, providing for the whole development of the student. The school has recently completed two new Maharishi Vastu buildings--constructed according to Vedic architecture in tune with natural law. The buildings are environmentally sustainable and have six large classrooms and three offices. (more)

Italy: Conference in Milan presents success of Consciousness-Based Education
7 May 2014 - The 1,500 seat conference venue was filled to capacity for the recent Scuola Senza Stress conference in Milan, Italy. The large audience was drawn to learn from distinguished education experts from Italy, the USA, and the UK, all about how Consciousness-Based Education can create 'stress-free schools', transforming the lives of students, educators, and families in Italy. The conference was endorsed by local officials in Milan, including Dr Guido Podesta, President of Milan Province, who gave the introductory speech at the conference, and also spoke in support of Stress-Free-Schools at an inaugural press conference held at the provincial palace. The Album of Events page of Global Good News is currently featuring a series of photos from this event. (more)

Overcoming dyslexia, anxiety, and depression
5 May 2014 - Dana Farley, age 22, credits the Transcendental Meditation technique with helping her to overcome the challenges of dyslexia as well as teenage anxiety and depression. Having struggled with severe dyslexia since childhood, she says, 'I had a lot of insecurities when it came to school. Since starting Transcendental Meditation I'm not putting myself down all the time. The negative thoughts just don't appear. Instead of thinking ''I can't do this,'' I'm thinking, ''Why not?'' ' (more)

Consciousness-Based Education bringing new opportunities to students in South African schools
1 May 2014 - Continuing his recent tour of Consciousness-Based Education institutions in South Africa, Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management in the USA, visited schools in Durban and Capetown that have adopted the programme. Dr Morris, an international authority on Consciousness-Based Education, had previously visited Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg. As is the case in most of the Consciousness-Based Education schools in Africa, he commented, the students come from the poorest families and neighbourhoods. And as in all Consciousness-Based Education schools around the world, students begin to flourish both within themselves and as a group and become 'shining stars' at their school. (more)

Mbale, Uganda: At Maharishi Secondary School for Girls, students create coherence for their nation
1 May 2014 - At Maharishi Secondary School for Girls in Mbale, Uganda, in addition to a full academic curriculum all students practise Transcendental Meditation together twice a day. Students and administrators alike find that the TM technique allows the thinking mind to settle down and experience deep inner silence and calm, while the physiology gains deep rest, dissolving the effects of stress. Relief from stress is critical for Ugandans after decades of political and economic turmoil that exposed the majority of the population, including the young, to traumatic emotional and physical experiences. More than half of the girls have now also learned the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, becoming a coherence-creating group for their nation. (more)

Nandi Hills, Kenya: Local people enjoy Transcendental Meditation, Consciousness-Based Education
1 May 2014 - The beautiful Nandi Hills area of Kenya is located near the equator at 2,000 metres above sea level, overlooking the famed Rift Valley. In 2009 people in some of the villages in this rural part of Kenya began learning Transcendental Meditation (TM). There are now over 700 people in Nandi Hills practising the simple, natural technique. The District Chief once commented that 'Fairfield (in Iowa, USA, the home of Maharishi University of Management) may be ''TM Town'', but I want Nandi Hills to be ''TM Town 2''.' Many children in the area have learned Transcendental Meditation, and one of the school principals has been trained as a TM teacher. Inspired by the positive changes and academic progress of the children, many adults are also learning the technique, including most of the children's mothers. (more)

Africa: Children thrive with Transcendental Meditation at EDAPO school in Uganda
21 April 2014 - There are 600 children in the Economic Development and AIDS Prevention Organization (EDAPO) school in Uganda. Two videos about the organization and the children it serves were recently edited and released. In Meet the Children, Mr Mark Mugabe, founder and director of EDAPO, introduces the organization that was started in 2006, and two teachers. The second video, Meet the children at EDAPO, introduces the children, showing different aspects of their daily routine, which are similar to those at other schools. But 'there is something different' about these children--they practise Transcendental Meditation. (more)

Does meditation increase intelligence?
10 April 2014 - It was once thought that a person's level of intelligence remained static throughout his or her life. However, there is now strong evidence that people can raise their intellectual capacity. Does scientific research support the hypothesis that regular meditation--looking at the well-defined technique of Transcendental Meditation--helps to increase intelligence? The article highlights findings of recent studies showing increased intelligence in children as well as in high school and university students. (more)

Transcendental Meditation helps teachers overcome rising levels of burnout
26 March 2014 - Teacher burnout is on the rise, with half of new American teachers leaving the profession after only five years due to emotional exhaustion akin to PTSD. Some teachers are reducing stress and increasing job satisfaction by practising the Transcendental Meditation technique. A recent research study published in the Permanente Journal conducted at the Bennington School in Vermont, USA, a special in-residence school for students with behavioural problems, found that teachers' perceived levels of stress were significantly lowered after learning to meditate. (more)

UK: Maharishi Free School in top 5 state schools for GCSE art results - The Guardian reports
31 January 2014 - Maharishi Free School in the UK ranked highly on recently released school 'league tables' for the GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations taken by students throughout the country. A news article in The Guardianreported, 'The results also revealed some good news for [the] flagship free schools programme, with an unorthodox free school in west Lancashire achieving some outstanding GCSE results. The Maharishi Free School near Skelmersdale was fifth among non-selective state schools with 61% of its pupils gaining A* or A grades in art and design. Its curriculum includes . . . periods of meditation each day for pupils, which headteacher Derek Cassells said was part of the reason for the school's excellent results in art.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation improves graduation rates: US study
27 November 2013 - Research published in the journal Educationthis year suggests that the practice of Transcendental Meditation can improve high school graduation rates and, consequently, benefit society as a whole. The study, which was conducted in the USA by the University of Connecticut and Maharishi University of Management, Iowa, showed higher graduation rates among students practising Transcendental Meditation compared to non-meditating controls. (more)

Highlights from Autism, Meditation, and Stress webinar - How Transcendental Meditation can help children with autism
21 November 2013 - On Thursday, 14 November, a panel of medical researchers and other experts gathered to discuss the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique for helping children and teens with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) reduce anxiety and stress, improve their ability to relate with others and perform in school. Replays of the 55-minute webinar are now available online. (more)

The universality of TM and Transcendental Consciousness - the basis of higher states of consciousness
4 November 2013 - 'Some people are surprised to hear that many who learn Transcendental Meditation find a renewed interest in their religious heritage. This was my experience, and it led me to study at Harvard Divinity School, which delighted my father--a Protestant minister who had also studied there,' writes Cynthia E Johnson, who has a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard, in a new essay. 'While TM is not a religion--the practice requires no belief--it can enrich this area of life, as it enriches all areas of life. Among people who practice TM are clergy, monks, nuns and laypersons of Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Christian, and Muslim traditions, as well as American Indian and other indigenous spiritual traditions.' Ms Johnson discusses the universality of Transcendental Meditation, then gives an introduction to Transcendental Consciousness, the basis of higher states of consciousness elucidated by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Founder of the TM programme. (more)

Consciousness-Based Education develops 'world's most important natural resource': students' creativity and intelligence
12 August 2013 - One of the distinguished guests attending the graduation of a recent Consciousness-Based Education training course in Holland was Dr Girish Varma, Chairman of the Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools Group in India. Dr Varma, director of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes in India, is recognized as an international expert in applying Consciousness-Based Education at the primary, secondary, and university level. As the principal guest speaker he pointed out to graduates that Consciousness-Based Education systematically develops the most important natural resource in the world--the intelligence and creativity of students. (more)

Consciousness-Based Education: A solution to Europe's economic problems?
12 August 2013 - Through Consciousness-Based Education, it is possible for groups of students practising Transcendental Meditation to create a coherent effect in the surroundings, thus reducing social stress, commented a secondary-school teacher from Spain, at the conclusion of a recent course in this educational approach in the Netherlands. Referring to scientific research on such large, coherence-creating groups in different countries, he went on to say, 'That means that we can reduce crime, violence, and conflicts, and at the same time we can enliven creativity and creative intelligence in order to create new projects and even create new jobs.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation may give adolescents 'top-down control' of stress and risky behavior
6 August 2013 - Young people go through a period where in their brain they essentially have 'an accelerator that's fully developed, but a brake that's underdeveloped', commented an expert in psychopharmacology from a leading New York medical school at a recent conference. As can be expected, this leads to risk- and novelty-seeking behaviours. But Transcendental Meditation (TM) and the Quiet Time programme may be able to help. 'TM may be something which allows kids and adolescents to have more top-down control, to be able to modify the influence of all of the risky behaviour that is a result of this neural development.' (more)

Jamaica: Children enjoying Consciousness-Based Education
2 August 2013 - A private school in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has begun adopting the Quiet Time programme, which includes the practice of Transcendental Meditation. At the school graduation ceremony this year, when the Quiet Time programme was introduced and the director rose to speak, the children in the audience began to cheer. Seeing positive changes in the atmosphere at the school and the eagerness of the students towards the programme, the principal plans to visit Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Iowa, USA, to learn more about Consciousness-Based Education. (more)

Chile: Transcendental Meditation improves students' graduation rates - El Mercurio reports on new published study
18 June 2013 - An article appearing in El Mercurio, a major newspaper in Chile, several days ago featured a new study published in the journal Education which found greatly improved graduation rates in students who practised Transcendental Meditation. The students attended an urban school in the USA. El Mercurio also interviewed Rafael de la Puente, director of the Transcendental Meditation programme in Chile. (more)

'You have put the ''higher'' in higher education': Senator Harkin praises Maharishi University of Management
17 June 2013 - Distinguished United States Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa continued his Commencement Address to the 2013 graduates of Maharishi University of Management. Reassuring students not to worry--that they would find a job following graduation, Senator Harkin said, 'My confidence is based on one thing--because you came to the right school. I have nothing but admiration for what this university has accomplished in such a short period of time. In a unique way you have put the ''higher'' in higher education.' (more)

High level of satisfaction with Maharishi Free School in Skelmersdale, West Lancashire
22 February 2012 - A survey of parents has shown a very high level of satisfaction with Maharishi Free School in Skelmersdale,. As Maharishi School, it had been successfully offering Consciousness-Based Education for 25 years. The school was among the first 24 Free Schools approved to open in the UK last September.' (more)

Filmmaker, songwriter, photographer travels world as MUM and Transcendental Meditation ambassador
1 June 2013 - Amine Kouider grew up in Algiers, Algeria. After studying engineering for one year, he decided to study abroad at Maharishi University of Management. Amine graduated in 2009 with a double major in business administration and media and communications, and worked full-time for the David Lynch Foundation making documentaries in schools, prisons, and homeless shelters where the Foundation introduced the Transcendental Meditation programme. In 2012, he became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation and has been teaching in Algeria. (more)

Transcendental Meditation helping students with ADHD in the Caribbean
25 May 2013 - Schools in the Caribbean are beginning to utilize Transcendental Meditation to help students with ADHD. The children who have learned the technique can focus better in school, are much better behaved, do their homework with greater ease, and have more success in their studying for tests, according to their teachers. Parents report that their children are experiencing less anxiety and more inner contentment. (more)

Waking the inner writer: Consciousness in the classroom
14 April 2013 - In his new book I Write: Being and Writing, Tom Kepler, an English-Language Arts teacher at Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, 'challenges us to look beyond the words to realize the significance of the writer within', says Dr Richard Beall, Head of the School. He describes how this unfolds for Maharishi School students, where 'the day begins with the practice of yoga and Transcendental Meditation, which discards stress and fatigue and optimizes the coherence of their brains. When the students begin their first class, they're not the same students who arrived at school. They are wide awake and ready to learn and access deeper levels of their own creativity. This is a different kind of student, or in this case, writer.' (more)

Can Transcendental Meditation end school violence?
2 February 2013 - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), youth violence is a public health crisis in the United States. The David Lynch Foundation has a solution that's working--over the past seven years the Foundation has provided funding for schools in the US and around the world, enabling more than 250,000 at-risk students to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique. The stress that is at the basis of violence and negative behaviour in schools is significantly reduced through students' Transcendental Meditation practice. (more)

Mexico: Thousands of indigenous students to meditate together at traditional celebration
18 December 2012 - This Friday, 21 December, many young students from rural schools in Mexico will take part in a celebration of indigenous people in the southern part of the country. The students--along with many of their parents, teachers, and community leaders--are coming together to practise Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes in a large group, expected to number in the thousands. They have learned these meditation techniques as part of Consciousness-Based Education, which is being used in schools throughout Latin America and around the globe. The students are aiming to create through their group meditation a powerful, uplifting influence of coherence, harmony, and peace for Mexico, all of Latin America, and the world. (more)

Maharishi School students 'graduate with a love of learning', 95% accepted to 4-year colleges
3 December 2012 - When Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment was established nearly 40 years ago, its goal was to create graduates well-versed in the broad traditional fields of education, who would also be living complete inner fullness. The curriculum offers students '200% of education'--full inner development through all the approaches of Consciousness-Based Education, along with the best of conventional educational approaches, said Head of School Dr Richard Beall recently. (more)

Consciousness-Based Education expert speaks to educators in Iceland
11 October 2012 - Dr Ashley Deans, Executive Director of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in the USA, spoke at several events in Iceland including a Boy Scout conference and gathering of educators. The Iceland Boy Scouts had heard of Maharishi School and were intrigued by its focus on Consciousness-Based Education and creating world peace. They invited Dr Deans to speak at their annual conference, the theme of which was peace. (more)

In Mongolia, conference stirs Consciousness-Based Education interest
11 October 2012 - A delegation of Maharishi University of Management (MUM) professors was invited to Mongolia to address a conference about Consciousness-Based Education. The group, which included top professors from several academic departments, initially led a conference organized by faculty at the country's largest university, Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST). After the conference, many of the MUM professors travelled to other universities and schools to lecture on Consciousness-Based Education, an integral aspect of the MUM curriculum, and what makes it a unique and highly effective approach. (more)

'Why is it so peaceful in here?' South Africa schools thrive on Consciousness-Based Education
13 August 2012 - A primary school principal in Durban, South Africa, commented on positive changes in his school since many students and teachers began practising Transcendental Meditation: 'The academic performance has gone up, and the behavioural problems have gone down.' (more)

Norwich University studies the benefits of Transcendental Meditation on cadets 18 July 2012 - Research at Norwich University in Vermont, USA, has found that the Transcendental Meditation technique provides an effective tool to assist students enrolled in a rigorous program of academics and military training. (more)

This school is a dream come true for Oprah 6 May 2012 - Oprah Winfrey was so impressed by what she saw on her visit to the Maharishi School, Fairfield, Iowa, USA, that she promised to make the world aware of this truly wonderful place. (more)

A Consciousness-Based approach to art education 5 August 2012 With a Consciousness-Based approach to art education, not only do students grow in creativity from within, they gain a profound understanding of the nature and purpose of art. (more)

Students in the Middle East find a technique to create inner and outer peace 29 December 2011 - Arab students are enjoying personal benefits from the Transcendental Meditation Programme and see this meditation as a way to unify religions and make peace. (more)

A major, positive turnaround in schools 2 May 2012 - In New Zealand, the TM Quiet Time programme is reducing stress and developing the whole brain, thereby providing ‘a practical, highly effective approach for promoting learning readiness among students’ and creating a basis for success.(more)

Pioneering Consciousness-Based girls' education in Uganda 13 August 2012 - Maharishi Secondary School for Girls in Mbale, Uganda, is a source of inspiration and pride for people in Uganda and neighbouring countries. In addition to many local students, 40 girls from Nandi Hills, Kenya, are attending the school, and there are plans to take in 20 new Ugandan boarders. All the students practise Transcendental Meditation as part of their school day. In other news about Consciousness-Based girls' education in Uganda, over 50 girls at the EDAPO school for orphans have learned Transcendental Meditation. (more)

Latin America: 1,000 children learn Transcendental Meditation 9 September 2012 - Over the past months at a large orphanage in Latin America, many children have been learning Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes. Since the children live there, the project was able to progress through the school holiday break. One thousand of the children will soon complete their course to learn the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme. A Transcendental Meditation teacher working with the orphanage said that the project has been very successful and has brought the children many benefits; its success will be an example of what these effective, scientifically verified programmes can provide for underprivileged and at-risk children. (more)

Meditating everyday—the secret tool for life 8 December 2011 Skateboarder Zarosh Eggleston found that ‘everything started happening’ when he began the Transcendental Meditation Technique and he considers the practice to be a secret tool for life. (more)

Young children grow in happiness at Stress-Free Schools in New Zealand 1 December 2011 Young students learn the children's Transcendental Meditation technique, and as a result are happier and more settled and focused in class. (more)

The most enjoyable thing that students will ever do
19 November 2011 - The executive director of a Consciousness-Based Education school shares how mediocre students are transformed into great ones through the most enjoyable thing they can do, the practice of the Transcendental Meditation Technique. (more)

Big ideas and vertical thinking at Maharishi School
14 May 2012- At the Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, Consciousness-Based Education results in learning with depth and relevance as students see deeper connections between their studies and themselves. (more)

Leading art college offers Transcendental Meditation to develop creativity 18 August 2012 - The College for Creative Studies in Michigan, USA, a recognized leader in art and design education, is now a leader in ensuring its students have the tools to fuel their own creativity and overcome stress. A faculty member has now begun offering the stress-reducing, creativity-enhancing Transcendental Meditation technique as part of her class on 'Consciousness, Creativity, and Bliss'. (more)

Russell Simmons talks about the importance of TM for young people 23 Mar 2012 - Russell Simmons, one of the founders of the hip-hop movement and an American entrepreneur, recommends that young people practice of Transcendental Meditation to help them realize their dreams. (more)

New series of 13 books examines Consciousness-Based Education 26 Mar 2012 - The largest published collection of scholarly work on Maharishi Vedic Science and Consciousness-Based Education will be available from MUM Press and the University Store—13 volumes covering 12 different disciplines. Each book collects articles published on how consciousness applies in different disciplines and is oriented toward a range of audiences—those new to Maharishi's knowledge, scholars, and students. (more)

Maharishi School students win first place at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium 21 Mar 2012 - Pearl Sawhney and her brother, Surya, won first place at the Iowa Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. They also were chosen to present at the 50th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Maryland, USA. (more)

Beyond information—‘Education that works’ 16 Mar 2012 - At the Maharishi Institute in South Africa, Consciousness-Based Education offers inner and outer knowledge, allowing students to be happy and centred within themselves and confident in their futures. (more)

A happy alternative with side benefits may fill the gap of the ADHD drug shortage 7 Mar 2012 - Meditation is proving to be a viable means for tackling ADHD, with students who learn the Transcendental Meditation Technique finding that it brings many unexpected benefits in addition to allowing them to get off their medication. (more)

How can we prevent stress in children? 20 Feb 2012 - William Stixrud, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in learning, attention, and emotional disorders and an adjunct faculty member at the Children’s National Medical Center, answers a question on how to prevent stress. (more)

Stress, the brain, and student life: A researcher’s reflections 6 Feb 2012 - Fred Travis, PhD, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, answers questions about his research on stress. (more)

A school turns anxiety-ridden moments into calm and peace 28 Jan 2012 - The principal, faculty, and students of a girls’ school express their feelings about education today and how the Quiet Time with Transcendental Meditation Programme is opening a new door for students. (more)

‘The Joy of Quiet’—New York Times 23 Jan 2012 - A wonderful article in the New York Times—‘The Joy of Quiet’—speaks to the importance and enjoyment of ‘quiet time’, a time apart from the frenetic world, including the Internet. The article say: 'Whenever we close our eyes and start the Transcendental Meditation Technique, it is like a little vacation, because the special rest characterized by TM is experienced as ever-increasing waves of bliss and the most profound contentment.' (more)

Maharishi School: Adding inner peace to the curriculum
12 Jan 2012 - At the Maharishi School, Fairfield, Iowa, USA, students and teachers practice the Transcendental Meditation technique to optimize brain functioning, dissolve stress, and enter the peaceful sanctuary within oneself. (more)


Consciousness Based Education SM: To enliven the full creative potential and inner happiness of every student and teacher, eliminate stress, and enliven total brain functioning. The key technologies of this programme are Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques, including the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme and Yogic Flying.

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