• Benefit Event
  • Biography
  • Book Event
  • Book Launch
  • Interview

Waking Up in the Dark: Clarity and Hope for Troubled Times

Mark Matousek in Conversation with Stephen Cope


This evening benefit for The Open Center celebrates the publication of a new, revised edition of Mark Matousek’s 1996 highly influential, widely praised memoir, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story. The story of a jaded New Yorker thrust onto a spiritual path by very difficult life experiences, fears of death all around him during the height of the AIDS epidemic, and an intense yearning for meaning, the book speaks to the challenges we face today as seekers in another life-or-death era.

In conversation with Stephen Cope, founder of Kripalu Center and bestselling author of The Great Work of Your Life, Mark will talk about his memoir’s relevance for our current era, what he has learned from survivorship, and how to use our fiercest challenges as portals to a new way of seeing.

Note: This program will be offered online. Sessions of all our online programs will be recorded and shared with registrants after each is completed for 90 days.


“It’s hard to know when you’re having a breakdown in New York City. The symptoms of living here, succeeding here, and losing your mind here are almost identical.”

So begins Mark Matousek’s 1996 breakout memoir about leaving a fast-track publishing life (working for pop artist Andy Warhol at Interview magazine) and hitting the dharma trail in search of a meaningful life and spiritual wisdom. Hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as “brave, beautiful, and brilliantly observed,” Sex Death Enlightenment became an international bestseller. Like Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love and Paul Monette in Borrowed Time, Matousek takes the reader on an insightful, raucous search for answers to life’s deepest questions.

Click HERE to read the blog post Writing to Awaken by Mark Matousek.


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An Evening Book Event
Friday, November 6, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30 pm EST

Waking Up in the Dark: Clarity and Hope for Troubled Times

  • 1 Session(s)
  • Nov 06 2020 6:00 PM ET





Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek, an award-winning author of seven books, a blogger for Psychology Today, and a teacher and speaker on creativity and growth using the Writing to Awaken method, has written for many publications, including The New Yorker, O, Tricycle, Harper’s Bazaar, and The Village Voice.

Stephen Cope, MSW, is the founder and former Director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living. Stephen is a best-selling author, well known for making the sometimes esoteric scriptures of yoga accessible to the mainstream reader.


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