Rio Rancho Meditation Class

Exploring Reality: Learning to Live Lightly

May 22 – July 24

Wednesdays | 6 – 7:30 pm

According to Buddha, if only we understood correctly how things actually exist, there would be no suffering, there would be only happiness and freedom. Our suffering is arising from our misapprehension of how things exist. It is this ignorance of reality that causes us to become tight and develop the delusions of anger and attachment, which in turn cause us to create negative karma, giving rise to yet more suffering. This is why when we understand reality correctly, in other words understand emptiness, everything improves and we begin to live more lightly, aligning ourselves with wisdom.

In this series, we will explore the extraordinary chapter on emptiness from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s book, The New Eight Steps to Happiness. Through talks, guided meditations, and discussions we will begin to demystify this often misunderstood topic, and highlight how practical, joyful and creative the practice of integrating emptiness into our daily life can be.


May 22: How Dreams Help Us Understand Reality
May 29: The Emptiness of the Body (Part 1)

June 5: The Emptiness of the Body (Part 2)
June 12: Meditating on Emptiness
June 19: The Emptiness of the Mind
June 26: Getting to Know the Eight Extremes

July 3: The Emptiness of the Self (Part 1)
July 10: The Emptiness of the Self (Part 2)
July 17: How Everything Teaches Us Emptiness
July 24: Living Lightly with Wisdom


Everyone Welcome! There is no need to pre-register for this drop-in class. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Please contact [email protected] for financial hardship.

Location Note

Please use the west entrance to New Mexico Highlands University. The east entrance is locked during the evening.

About the Teacher

Madison Cole has been studying and practicing Buddhism in the New Kadampa Tradition for eight years. He is currently enrolled in the Teacher Training Program at KMC NM.  Madison shares the teachings in a calm, clear manner with gentle humor, making it easy to take the teachings to heart. He shows the example of someone who is sincerely putting the teachings into practice in his own life.



Please use the west entrance to New Mexico Highlands University. The east entrance is locked during the evening.