I have no idea.
If I had to guess I would say I remember reading that in Asia many monks rarely meditate and there are few monks around to teach them even if they were interested. Maybe in that absence, the TM teachers are filling a void. I haven't read anything about TM for years, but I what I remember reading said bascially that you pay hundreds of dollars for a TM teacher to give you a word (mantra) to repeat over and over to yourself mentally. Supposedly the word is tailored to your personally, but you could probably save yourself some money and just use "aum".
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on Sun Aug 25, 2013 12:03 pm, edited 1 time in total.
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.