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Transcendental Meditation
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Transcendental meditation (TM) is both a method of meditation and a socio-religious movement (New religious movements) with an Indian background but active throughout the world. As spiritual praxis, it preaches a form of mental training adapted to the mechanistic and physical paradigm of science; its goal is a psycho-social transformation of the world. Its methods derive from the tantric form (Tantra) of the Indian Japa tradition, in which short semantically meaningless formulas or mantras …

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Brück, Michael v., “Transcendental Meditation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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