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Maharishi’s Life and Teaching: 1976 - 1985

“Again, so uplifting. What wonderful videos with Maharishi that Dr. Boncheff has collected for all of us! Well begun is half done! Looking forward for the next lessons! So beautiful.” —FL

MIU Continuing Education is pleased to announce this third course in the History of Maharishi’s teachings series. The course is hosted by Dr. John Boncheff and covers the time period from 1976 to 1985.

This is now an online self-study course!

Free Lesson One: Click here for the Free Lesson One

Course Leader: Dr. John Boncheff

Course Fee:

  • $125 general tuition fee
  • $75 discounted course fee for full-time students, full-time TM organization staff, and low-income retirees
  • India, South Africa, and certain other countries have a discounted rate of $35. Please locate your country in the form and find and enter your rate.

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Previous courses in this series:

Course Description

Maharishi getting flowers

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

In this live 10-lesson course, John Boncheff, PhD, explores Maharishi’s life, work, and teaching during the years 1976 – 1985. Far from being a mere popular history of time and place, this series delves deeply into Maharishi’s groundbreaking contributions and the evolution of his message over time, as seen through rare recordings, official transcripts, and original publications — many of which are newly acquired by the Maharishi Archives and Collections at the MIU Depository.

Some major events during this time period include:

  • Maharishi introduces the TM-Sidhi® program
  • The Ideal Society Campaign takes place
  • The Super Radiance effect is discovered
  • Maharishi organizes a large gathering of Sidhas in Amherst, Massachusetts
  • The Golden Domes at Maharishi International University are built
  • Maharishi Vedic ScienceSM and Maharishi AyurVeda® are introduced

This course examines all of these areas and more, and we will hear Maharishi speak on how each event came about.

About Dr. John Boncheff

Dr. John Boncheff

Dr. John Boncheff

Dr. Boncheff is a longtime teacher in Maharishi’s TM organization and has taught the TM technique to over 2,500 people. He was also awarded two PhDs in Maharishi Vedic Science. The first was in Nyaya and the second was in Jyotish.

Currently Dr. Boncheff works as the video archivist for the Maharishi Foundation. He is also Co-Director of the Maharishi Global Archives and Collections at MIU, where he is choosing the most inspiring and relevant talks and publications about Maharishi’s early years of teaching from its newly-acquired collections. These collections contain over 2,000 talks by Maharishi and 20,000 documents and records.


“Again so uplifting what wonderful videos with Maharishi Dr. Boncheff collected for all of us!” —FL

“I literally have tears of joy in my eyes during Dr. Boncheff’s presentations. How did I deserve to be around MIU during those years? I don’t know how but I’m forever grateful and humble. So many enlightened faces in the copies of World Government News.” —DM

“Lovely course.” —HL

“Beautiful, Beautiful course. Thank you.” —SB

“Thank you Dr. Boncheff for making available and lively these precious times of Maharishi’s Teaching – all 3 courses. This makes the time I spend in Seelisberg on International Staff again alive, like it was yesterday” —AS

“Thanks for your dedication to this history.” —VM

“Wonderful videos ! thank you so much Dr Boncheff, it’s a delight to review these gems of knowledge on MIU website. We feel so intimate with Maharishi all over this course. Gratitude.” —CM

“Thank you so much. Your courses are much appreciated for all the years to come!” —EM

“We want more!!!” —VP


Are there any prerequisites to take this course?
This course is open to all TM Meditators, TM Teachers, and those advanced TM Meditators who have graduated from the TM-Sidhi course.

How long are the videos available to view?
Videos are available to view for one year.

Where can I contact the organizer of this event with any questions?
Please email the Office of Continuing Education at ce@miu.edu. Or you can call 641-919-0045 during office hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 pm (Central Time).

What is the refund policy?
We offer full refunds to anyone who requests them before starting the third class.

Where are the Maharishi Global Archives and Collections located?
Currently they are located downstairs in the MIU Library.

How can I contact the Maharishi Global Archives and Collections?
Please email archives@miu.edu.

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Questions? Please contact ce@miu.edu.