- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (25 September 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 055380751X
- ISBN-13: 978-0553807516
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.6 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,98,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling Hardcover – 25 Sep 2012
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“Keep a pen and paper handy as you read this remarkable book: It’s like an owner’s manual for the soul.”—Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion
“A masterwork . . . You’ll find inspiration in these pages. You’ll gain a better appreciation of divine guidance and perhaps even understand how you might better hear it in your own life.”—Yoga Journal
“I am moved and inspired by this book, the clarity and beauty of the lives lived in it, and the timeless dharma it teaches.”—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
“A rich source of contemplation and inspiration [that] encourages readers . . . to discover and fully pursue their inner self’s calling.”—Publishers Weekly
“Fabulous . . . If you have ever wondered what your purpose is, this book is a great guide to help you on your path.”—YogaHara
“With ringing clarity, Cope gets his main point across: that seeking is all and that dharma will allow you to bear life’s suffering. . . . An engaging exploration into living fully.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The Great Work of Your Life is itself a great work. This is a wonderfully passionate book about finding one’s true calling. The stories within are inspiring and moving. I believe it will be of great benefit to all who read it.”—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
“One rarely thinks of a dharma book as a page-turner, but this one is indeed that. This is a great read and a great revitalizing breath of fresh air.”—Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness Is an Inside Job
“This is an important book—West and East informing each other. It was a joy to read.”—Natalie Goldberg, author of Old Friend from Far Away
About the Author
Stephen Cope has been for many years the Senior Scholar-in-residence at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. He is the author of a number of bestselling books, including Yoga and the Quest for the True Self and The Wisdom of Yoga.See all Description for The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling
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A book that changed my life and made meditation a very credible and enticing life practice for me.
It's a very profound, deeply insightful, and incisive treatise on teh subject written in a very light semi-fiction format that makes it readily accessible and digestible by the average reader.
My heartfelt gratitude to Stephen Cope for producing such a work of art.
Have already gifted that book to atleast six different people!
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However, I was disappointed that none of Mr. Cope's examples of people who found their dharma included people with real family or financial obligations. Most of us cannot walk in the woods or near a pond for a couple years (while our mother brings us cookies) and just write poetry and reflect on nature. We must also support and care for our families. I would very much like to find inspiration from people who were able to meet their obligations and still find a way to find their dharma tat does not make anyone else suffer.
I became an engineer solely for the reason that it was a secure way to provide for my family. For a long time my dharma was simply just that, to support and care for my family. Being able to do so made me very happy. Now that my children are grown or gone (one died in a car accident) I understand that life is very short and I want to grow as a person before it's my time to go as well. Yet I still have an obligation to my husband and don't want him to feel like he has to bear the complete burden of maintaining our life just so I can "find myself". It wouldn't be fair to him.
I would have also liked more examples of people who didn't know what their calling was. Most of Mr. Cope's examples were people that always knew they wanted to be a poet or a writer or had a very strong drive to do something very specific. I, on the other hand, am not so clear. I have lots of interests, many of which I obsess over,,,,, for a very brief period of time. Then another interest catches my eye. Perhaps the journey is part of the process and the mere act of looking is teaching me what I need to know. Still, it would be nice to find something that makes me feel like I'm not just treading water waiting out the second half of my life.
But what the book fails to do, is to explain "how" this can be possible for the everyday people, who encompass majority of the population. The author has used numerous individuals as examples in this book, to explain to us what their true calling/vocation was, how they identified with it, and how they worked towards it. However, none of these examples are of everyday people (like most of us), who have work obligations, family obligations, financial obligations, time constraints etc. How can individuals like us find and pursue our dharma, and yet survive in todays world?
Stephen Cope's examples include individuals born with a natural gifts, or writer/poets who had years to spend in solitude simply composing and writing, or individuals whose family members helped them identify their dharma at a young age and supported them in their pursue towards it. Most of us do not have such luxury. Most of us don't even know what our dharma may be.
So although this book has been wonderfully written, it fails to deliver what it says it's purpose is. But you will still walk away from it feeling inspired, and wanting to do better for yourself. And if not that, you will have at least felt like you read a summary of the Bhagavad Gita. Somehow, Stephen Cope has very beautifully laid out in this book, highlights of the teachings of the ancient Hindu scripture - Bhagavad Gita.
You will not walk away from this book feeling like you had wasted your time. You will definitely gain something from it. It just wont be what you thought it would be!