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Bounce Back Stronger Podcast with Donna Ferris – Coming Home to Ourselves

May 9th, 2024|Categories: Podcasts|

Join Donna Ferris in her podcast Bounce Back Stronger as she sits down with Stephen to discuss why 80% of visitors at the Kripalu Center say the reason they visit is to “come home to myself." From Donna Ferris’s introduction: “Stephen’s teachings have profoundly impacted countless lives, including mine. From his books The Wisdom of Yoga to The Great Work of Your Life, Stephen's unique talent lies in seamlessly Read More »


Pacific Coast Center for Spiritual Living Book Talk: The Dharma in Difficult Times

December 1st, 2023|Categories: Videos|

Recorded on November 8th, 2023, join best-selling author and scholar Stephen Cope with a live discussion about his newest book, The Dharma in Difficult Times, at the Pacific Coast Center for Spiritual Living. From the PCCSL event description: Change happens every day. Every Hour But in the course of human events, there is now and then, an epic change, an evolutionary crossroads, a "sea change," if you will-a change Read More »


Jake Warinner Podcast: The Dharma in Difficult Times

November 13th, 2023|Categories: Podcasts|

Join Jake Warinner for a conversation with Stephen Cope as he discusses his most recent book, The Dharma in Difficult Times. Warinner's podcast is available on Spotify and Apple, as well as through his website, Tune in to listen to conversations about psychology, philosophy, and health. Listen Now


The Aliveness Podcast: Connecting With Your Dharma And Opening Your Heart In Difficult Times

July 28th, 2023|Categories: Interviews, Podcasts|

On "The Aliveness Podcast" this week, host Alison Crosthwait speaks with Stephen Cope in CONNECTING WITH YOUR DHARMA AND OPENING YOUR HEART IN DIFFICULT TIMES. In our conversation, Stephen shares the experiences and insights that he’s gained studying these ideas that have shaped his books, including his most recent, “The Dharma in Difficult Times: Finding Your Calling in Times of Loss, Change, Struggle, and Doubt,” and offers a Read More »

12Jul Podcast: Your Purpose Revealed! How to Find Your Purpose with Stephen Cope

July 12th, 2023|Categories: Interviews, Podcasts|

On "Inside-Out Career Design" this week, hosts Nicola Vetter & Peter Axtell speak with Stephen Cope in Your purpose revealed! In our conversation, Stephen gives a masterclass on purpose, how to find it, and how to use it for a fulfilling life. Everyone has a unique purpose or calling that is seeking to be fulfilled. What you need is to learn how to find your purpose or calling. Stephen Read More »


Podcast Rundown ~ Five recent podcasts with Stephen Cope you may have missed

March 10th, 2023|Categories: Interviews, Podcasts|

Stephen has been busy this past year since the release of his latest book, The Dharma in Difficult Times. Check out these podcasts that have all aired over the past eight months, all of which cover topics related to Dharma, finding your life purpose and the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. Weeks Well with Kim Weeks Intro to Yoga Lineages with Sat Bir Singh Khalsa and Stephen Read More »


High Energy Health Podcast: Stephen Cope and Mirjam Paninski in Conversation

July 15th, 2022|Categories: Interviews, Podcasts|

Stephen discusses his new book, The Dharma in Difficult Times, with guest host Mirjam Paninski. The High Energy Health Podcast explores the leading edge of health and happiness, along with practical techniques to maximize your wellbeing. Listen Now Mirjam's Website


Stephen Cope on the Metta Hour Podcast with Sharon Salzberg

July 7th, 2022|Categories: Interviews, Podcasts, Videos|

 Sharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer and industry leader, a world-renowned teacher, and New York Times bestselling author. As one of the first to bring meditation and mindfulness into mainstream American culture over 45 years ago, her relatable, demystifying approach has inspired generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers. As a longtime friend and colleague of Stephen Cope, Sharon welcomed him to her “Metta Hour Podcast” to discuss his Read More »


Stephen Cope on The Inspired Living Podcast with Ellen Broderick

May 27th, 2022|Categories: Interviews, Podcasts, Videos|

From Ellen Broderick: “This week, it is my great pleasure to welcome Stephen Cope to The Inspired Living Podcast. I have known Stephen’s work for many years and believe that his depth of understanding of how to navigate this life journey in line with our Dharma, or life’s purpose, has helped untold numbers of people to focus their internal lens and trust in the wisdom of the Read More »


Stephen featured in Psychology Today: Disorienting Dilemmas

May 20th, 2022|Categories: Interviews|

Best-selling author Stephen Cope on the opportunities to be found in chaos. Key Points Today's disorienting dilemmas have unleashed a wave of personal power. We can only fulfill our greatness through interconnection. Finding your authentic calling allows you to unfold in the world. Stephen Cope is a best-selling author and scholar who specializes in the relationship between the Eastern contemplative traditions and Western depth psychology. Among his seminal works in Read More »


Spirit Matters Talk: “The Dharma in Difficult Times” Interview & Discussion

May 3rd, 2022|Categories: Podcasts|

  Dennis Raimondi and Philip Goldberg of Spirit Matters Talk (SMT) recently interviewed Stephen Cope to discuss his new book, The Dharma in Difficult Times. Dennis Raimondi has a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University and is a former member of the Dean’s Council at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government... Philip Goldberg has been studying the world’s spiritual traditions for more than 45 years, as a practitioner, teacher Read More »


In Search Of Wisdom Podcast: Stephen Cope on The Dharma in Difficult Times

April 4th, 2022|Categories: Podcasts|

"The Perennial Leader Project is dedicated to searching for wisdom for everyday life." Their podcast, In Search of Wisdom, is hosted by J.W. Bertolotti, a retired veteran, self-proclaimed optimist, avid reader, and lifelong learner. From the podcast notes: In this episode, my guest is Stephen Cope, the author of the new book The Dharma in Difficult Times: Finding Your Calling in Times of Loss, Change, Struggle, and Doubt. Stephen is Read More »


Banyen Books and Sound Interviews Stephen Cope

March 14th, 2022|Categories: Videos|

Banyen Books & Sound interviews Stephen Cope on his new book, The Dharma in Difficult Times: Finding Your Calling in Times of Loss, Change, Struggle, and Doubt. Banyen Books & Sound is Canada's most comprehensive bookstore specializing in spirituality and healing, now celebrating 50 years in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Interview Host: Ross McKeachie Music: Samuel Romero Events Manager, Podcast Producer & Editor: Jacob Steele Watch on YouTube Read More »


The Dream Catcher Podcast with Seline Shenoy: Finding Our Purpose and Dharma During Difficult Times

March 8th, 2022|Categories: Podcasts|

At some point in our life, we all go through difficult times when we experience pain, disappointments and loss. These experiences can have a profound impact on us, for better or worse. According to Stephen Cope, crises does not have to derail us. It can be the very thing that can help us find our purpose and step forward as our best selves. This is the central theme of Read More »


Wonder Dome Podcast with Andy Cahill: Dharma in Difficult Times with Stephen Cope

March 4th, 2022|Categories: Podcasts|

Do you ever ask yourself, “What can I do in the face of these deep, pervasive social, cultural, and spiritual dilemmas that our species has faced and will continue to face in the decades and centuries to come?” Stephen Cope’s latest work The Dharma in Difficult Times dives deep into this question. He weaves ancient wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita together with an exploration of the lives of eight Read More »


A Grateful Life Podcast: Stephen Cope – On Living Your Dharma

February 18th, 2022|Categories: Podcasts|

Dr Lauren Tober speaks with Stephen Cope Tune into my interview with Dr Lauren Tober on A Grateful Life podcast, where we talk about dharma and living a life of meaning and purpose. There's so much goodness in one short episode, it's not to be missed! Click here to listen or search for A Grateful Life podcast on iTunes and Spotify. This interview was recorded as part of the 2022 Mental Read More »


Stephen is pleased to announce the availability of his new book, THE DHARMA IN DIFFICULT TIMES

January 10th, 2022|Categories: News|

Early readers have given it a warm welcome! “Audacious and brilliant . . . Stephen Cope is at the height of his considerable powers.” “Masterful storytelling...” “Brilliant, and more importantly, necessary...” “Charming and introspective...” “Inspiring and beautifully written...” “A wonderful reminder of human greatness...” My Dear Friends: COVID has changed the world forever. I think we all sense this. Our lives going Read More »


David Nichtern Podcast: The Dharma in Difficult Times w/ Stephen Cope

January 3rd, 2022|Categories: Podcasts|

"Spiritual Renaissance Man, Stephen Cope, joins David Nichtern for a wide-spanning conversation connecting art, music, meditation, yoga, Trungpa Rinpoche, and dealing with critics." Stephen recently spoke with David Nichtern on his podcast, "Creativity, Spirituality & Making a Buck," part of the Be Here Now Network. Nichtern recently launched Dharma Moon – a website offering Workshops/Courses, Teacher Trainings, Mentoring & more, at Opening the episode, host Michael Kammers introduces bestselling Read More »


In Search Of Wisdom Podcast: Stephen Cope on The Great Work of Your Life

March 18th, 2021|Categories: Podcasts|

"The Perennial Leader Project is dedicated to searching for wisdom for everyday life." Their podcast, In Search of Wisdom, is hosted by J.W. Bertolotti, a retired veteran, self-proclaimed optimist, avid reader, and lifelong learner. From the podcast notes: In this episode, I speak to Stephen Cope author of The Great Work of Your Life.  Stephen is a best-selling author and scholar who specializes in the relationship between Eastern contemplative traditions and Read More »


School for Good Living: Dharma and Deep Human Connection Podcast

February 4th, 2021|Categories: Podcasts|

Stephen Cope’s training, career, and beliefs have gone through a vast array of changes: he was a psychotherapist, pianist, and professional dancer. He was at different times a Protestant, a Presbyterian, a Quaker, and a Buddhist. When he took what he had planned to be a three-month sabbatical from his psychotherapy practice to immerse himself in yoga, he discovered that he wanted to stay. Less than a year later, he Read More »


Art of Manliness Podcast: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling

June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Podcasts|

From the Art of Manliness description: One of the most burning questions in life is what it is you're called to do with it. What is your life's purpose? What great work are you meant to do? Guidance on this question can come from many sources, and my guest today says that one of the best is the Bhagavad Gita, a text of Hindu scripture thousands of years old. He's Read More »


‘Science Meets Yoga’ from The Amherst College Alumni Magazine

January 27th, 2020|Categories: Press|

Stephen Cope ’71 can hardly get down the hallway without someone homing in for a bear hug. Granted, colleagues see him less now that he’s emeritus: for 30 years, Cope was the scholar-in-residence here at Kripalu, the renowned yoga retreat in Stockbridge, Mass. As the hugs keep coming, so many people—yoga instructors, cooks, landscapers, administrators—freely tell me that they love Steve, that he is special, that he is the soul Read More »



March 20th, 2019|Categories: News|

Dear friends and readers, Guess what? SOUL FRIENDS has now become DEEP HUMAN CONNECTION. You may notice that the paperback edition of Soul Friends is being published on March 26, 2019, as Deep Human Connection. Why? Well, after Soul Friends had been in the marketplace for a couple of years, I decided to do a fairly significant edit of the book in order to streamline some of its more technical Read More »


Quotes by Stephen Cope

March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Press|

Published by GoodReads ~ “Quoting from Thomas Merton Dialogues With Silence The true contemplative is not one who prepares his mind for a particular message that he wants or expects to hear, but is one who remains empty because he knows that he can never expect to anticipate the words that will transform his darkness into light. He does not even anticipate a special kind of transformation. He does not Read More »


Soul Friends with Stephen Cope

November 24th, 2017|Categories: Interviews, Podcasts|

Presented by ~ Stephen Cope is a Senior Scholar-in-Residence and a Kripalu Ambassador. He is a Western-trained psychotherapist who writes and teaches about the relationship between Western psychological paradigms and the Eastern contemplative traditions. In its 25th anniversary edition, Yoga Journal named him one of the most important innovators in the developing field of American yoga. Listen at


Page Turners: Holistic Book Reviews – The Wisdom Of Yoga By Stephen Cope

October 18th, 2017|Categories: Press|

By Amanda Penn - Published in Basmati ~ Photo by Igor Ovsyannykov If you practice yoga, you’ve likely heard of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, a foundational text of classical yoga philosophy. Maybe you’ve even read it. If you have, you’ve encountered a collection of densely packed aphorisms that appears deceptively simple. However, the Sutras’ brevity also adds to its occasional impenetrability. Patanjali wrote the text for his peers, advanced yogis who didn’t need the practice of every yama and niyama spelled out for them. Today, Read More »


6 Friends You Need in Your Life (Including the ones you try to avoid)

July 12th, 2017|Categories: Interviews|

By Carolee Belkin Walker - Published by Thrive Global ~ I invited a friend of a friend to join me for a panel at the Washington Post on innovations shaping our food system. She's a food blogger, I'd remembered, and we follow each other on Instagram. "This looks really interesting!" she responded quickly. "Thanks for thinking of me!" We met up a few blocks from the Post's headquarters so we'd have time to Read More »


Kripalu’s Stephen Cope on Yoga, Friendship and Conscious Community

July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Interviews, Podcasts|

By Nancy Fernandez Mills - Presented by Berkshire Wellness Radio ~ Yogi Stephen Cope, MSW, is a rock star at at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. During his almost 30-year tenure he’s been a leader in its transformation from a large ashram led by a popular guru into a lifelong learning center for adults seeking wellness and wisdom. Cope is a Senior Scholar-in-Residence and Kripalu Ambassador, an inspiring Read More »


6 Kinds of Relationships We All Need

April 4th, 2017|Categories: Articles by Stephen|

By Stephen Cope ~ In the aftermath of World War II, a brilliant student of Sigmund Freud made significant advances in the understanding of human development—advances which at the time appeared so radical that they would finally cause him to split with Freud, the master. Dr. Heinz Kohut (1913 – 1981) was an Austrian-born psychoanalyst who rose to prominence as the head of the prestigious Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis.  Kohut Read More »


Soul Friends

January 9th, 2017|Categories: Articles by Stephen|Tags: |

By Stephen Cope - Published by Kripalu ~ Here’s a challenge for you: Could you easily name the dozen people with whom you have most deeply connected in this lifetime? Most likely you could. If asked, I think that most of us could quickly come up with a fairly accurate list of the ten or twelve or fifteen people who have who have touched us most deeply, and whom we Read More »


Reading Stephen Cope

November 30th, 2016|Categories: Press|

By Anne Heffron ~ Photo by Alice Hampson Everything happens for a reason. I believe this statement because I like my life better when I do. I have taught in prisons and I have a sense of what my life might be like if I lived in one, and I am pretty sure I would go Reservoir Dogs on the world if all the stuff I’ve dealt with in my Read More »


Film: A Small Good Thing (2015)

August 15th, 2016|Categories: Videos|

"So, what does it take to live a good life?" A Small Good Thing is a feature film directed by Pamela Tanner Boll that explores what it takes to live a good life at the beginning of this new century. The film follows six people—one of which is Stephen Cope—who, despite economic concerns and high levels of stress, have found more meaning in their lives, a closer bond with their families Read More »


Review: The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling by Stephen Cope

January 9th, 2014|Categories: Press|

By Amy Weintraub - Published by LifeForce Yoga “You cannot steer your dharma with the vehicle of self-will—the will of the small “s” self.” – Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling Do not read The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope, if you are not prepared to re-examine your life. I reviewed this book in the LifeForce Yoga Research and Read More »


Stephen Cope: Yoga and Psychological Health

December 18th, 2012|Categories: Interviews, Podcasts|

By Tami Simon - Presented by Sounds True ~ Tami Simon speaks with Stephen Cope, a psychotherapist who studies the relationship between Western psychology and Eastern contemplative traditions. Stephen is the founder and director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, the largest yoga research institute in the West. With Sounds True, he has created the audio program Yoga for Emotional Flow: Free Your Emotions through Yoga Breathing, Body Awareness, and Energetic Read More »


The Gift: Living a Life of Purpose and Meaning

September 30th, 2012|Categories: Articles by Stephen|

By Stephen Cope ~ Psychotherapist and yoga teacher Stephen Cope’s new book The Great Work of Your Life challenges us to find our true purpose in life, which he believes all of us can achieve. Here, he gives a taste of the struggle and payoff that comes with seeking to find and cultivate our unique gift. Here is a question I’d like you to ponder: Do you have a clear sense of Read More »


Stephen Cope Changed My Life. He Might Change Yours, Too.

September 25th, 2012|Categories: Press|

By Bob Weisenberg - Published in Elephant Journal ~ Put away your yellow highlighter when you read a Stephen Cope book. You’ll find yourself marking almost every sentence. The whole book will be yellow. Seven years ago I was happily retired, largely unacquainted with yoga, when I happened upon a book by Stephen Cope called Yoga and the Quest for the True Self.  I knew right away that my life would never Read More »


The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey of Your True Calling

September 19th, 2012|Categories: Articles by Stephen|Tags: |

By Stephen Cope - Published by Kripalu ~ I see my own concerns about fulfillment played out nearly every day of my professional life. I work at one of the biggest holistic retreat centers in America—Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. We see more than 35,000 people a year here in our sprawling, former-Jesuit monastery perched high up in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. Our guests come for various Read More »


How To Live an Extraordinary Life. ~ Kripalu’s Stephen Cope

January 2nd, 2012|Categories: Press|

by Bob Weisenberg - Published by Elephant Journal I don’t believe in gurus. But if I did, my guru would be Stephen Cope. When I read Stephen’s startlingly good Yoga and the Quest for the True Self about six years ago, I knew right away that it would change my life forever. I have been deeply immersed in thinking, writing and breathing Yoga philosophy ever since. Stephen Cope, MSW, psychotherapist and senior Read More »


Yoga Journal Interviews Stephen Cope: A Life Less Ordinary

March 11th, 2010|Categories: Interviews|

By Diane Anderson - Published in Yoga Journal ~ Yoga Journal interviews Stephen Cope, founder and director of Kripalu's Institute for Extraordinary Living. Stephen Cope trained to be an Episcopalian priest and practiced for many years as a psychotherapist. He now teaches yoga and yoga philosophy at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. He is also the director of its 13-person Institute for Extraordinary Living, which researches Read More »


The Wisdom of Yoga: The Spirit of the Strivers

April 27th, 2006|Categories: Articles by Stephen|Tags: |

By Stephen Cope - Published by Kripalu ~ In his book, The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Wisdom, Stephen Cope investigates the wisdom tradition of yoga from the point of view of six contemporary characters—modern yogis struggling with issues of love, work, addictions, careers, and unfulfilled longings of many varieties. Weaving together narrative story and expository teachings, the book brings alive the rich, and very relevant, applications of yoga’s Read More »


Waking Up Is Hard to Do

May 23rd, 2000|Categories: Articles by Stephen|Tags: |

By Stephen Cope - Published by Kripalu ~ The following excerpt is taken from Stephen Cope’s well-known book, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self. In it, he guides the contemporary reader through the philosophies and practices of yoga in a thoughtful way that demystifies them and brings us to a greater understanding of ourselves. You see, I want a lot. 
Perhaps I want everything 
the darkness that comes with every infinite fall Read More »

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