Santa Fe Meditation Class

Exploring Reality: Learning to Live Lightly

May 21 – July 23

Tuesdays | 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 21: How Dreams Help Us Understand Reality
May 28: The Emptiness of the Body (Part 1)
June 4: NO CLASS: Special Retreat at KMC NM
June 11: Meditating on Emptiness
June 18: The Emptiness of the Mind
June 25: Getting to Know the Eight Extremes
July 2: The Emptiness of the Self (Part 1)
July 9: The Emptiness of the Self (Part 2)
July 16: How Everything Teaches Us Emptiness
July 23: Living Lightly with Wisdom


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.

About the Teacher

Gen Kelsang Khyenwang

Gen Khyenwang is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico. She is a close disciple and student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and has been practicing and teaching under his guidance for many years. The teachings she shares are clear, heartfelt and extremely practical for modern life. Gen Khyenwang is an inspiring example of a contemporary Buddhist practitioner and is known for her warmth and sincerity, putting time-tested teachings into practice in daily life.