Frequently asked questions
Do you offer individual scholarships to learn
the Transcendental Meditation technique?
For individual financial assistance, please visit TM.org and contact a certified TM teacher in your area. The TM program does its best to offer scholarships to those with demonstrated financial need.
The David Lynch Foundation primarily funds organizational programs for maximum impact. The only individual TM scholarships we currently provide are for veterans with financial need (granted through local TM teachers).
Which types of programs are eligible for funding?
Please note: We are operating virtually at capacity for this year
based on our currently available resources.
We fund institutional implementations of Transcendental Meditation-based programs for underserved youth, veterans and military, at-risk women’s groups, American Indians, homeless shelters and prisons.
Since many organizations are presently on the waiting list, priority is given to those that can contribute alternative/supplemental funds to help underwrite implementation costs and eventually, even, institutionalize the program. Please contact us with a brief description of your proposed program, and we’ll get in touch to discuss your specific requirements.
What are the steps to implement a schoolwide Quiet Time program?
Certified Transcendental Meditation teachers give separate presentations to each of these groups, who must strongly support the Quiet Time program in order to move forward:
- school leadership
- school governing body (written approval required from district or board)
- school faculty and staff
The Quiet Time program is implemented in four stages—sign-off to proceed is required after each:
- School leadership receives TM training as a professional development / wellness course*
- School faculty receives TM training*
- School principal (a) signs letter of intent, (b) secures program funding, (c) meets with parents to get their feedback and support and (d) adjusts school schedule to include two 15–20 minute Quiet Time periods each day.
- Students receive voluntary TM training and follow-up from a certified TM teacher (parents sign a permission letter in order for their child to learn the TM technique).
*Funding for stages 1 and 2 can come from the school or a funding organization