Not sure why the last post went up five times... Perhaps to bury the controversy over the fact that TM charges truly exorbitant fees for "tuition." I have been meditating successfully for thirty years in a number of traditions and have not paid a dime in "tuition." This model is fundamentally wrong in my humble opinion. The very basic techniques that TM offers are already available widely for free from a number of teachers and books. It is valuable because the practice of meditation is inherently valuable but no one should ever have to pay for the key to it.