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Welcome to the website of Stephen Cope, Scholar-in-Residence at the famed Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and founding Director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living.

The Dharma in Difficult Times by Stephen Cope - book


Stephen’s Latest Book:

The Dharma in Difficult Times

My Dear Friends: COVID has changed the world forever. I think we all sense this. Our lives going forward will simply not be the same—in ways of which we’re not even yet aware.

Here is the question I’m asked most frequently: How do our yoga traditions inform our response to our current dilemmas?  Where in the great treasure trove of yoga scriptures do we find wisdom that speaks directly to our time?



Stephen is well-known in the world of contemplative practice as a teacher who combines intellectual rigor with the powerful direct practices of hatha yoga and meditation. Most students find this to be a very potent combination. He is trained in many styles of meditation and yoga, but his primary interest is in teaching and developing the subtleties of Kripalu yoga and mindfulness meditation. He also regularly teaches loving kindness meditation—or “metta” meditation—with his friend and mentor, Sharon Salzberg, one of the founders of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and an internationally recognized teacher of metta meditation.

In addition to weekend-long programs at Kripalu, Stephen often teaches shorter programs, and gives dharma talks at venues around the country. Please check the full teaching schedule for details.


Stephen’s primary interest is in translating the wisdom of the ancient contemplative scriptures into a form that is engaging and useful for mainstream readers.

Most American yoga practitioners are not likely to really read the ancient scriptures of yoga—like the Yogasutra, or the Bhagavad Gita. And even if they do read them, none of these documents can really be well understood without the help of a commentary. Every generation creates its own commentaries on these scriptures, of course. Stephen’s writing combines narrative and exposition in a way that makes these often-obscure early texts come alive.

Meet Stephen Cope Author

Stephen Cope,
Scholar in Residence

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
PO Box 309
57 Interlaken Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262

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