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Nikki Mirghafori's Dharma Talks
Nikki Mirghafori
Nikki is of Persian heritage, and was introduced to contemplative practices and yoga in the early 1980's, to meditation in 1991, and to Theravada Buddhism in 2003. She has studied with various Western and Eastern teachers, with a keen interest in intensive silent retreats. She studied jhanas and detailed analytical vipassana with the renowned meditation master Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw who instructed her to teach. She is also a Spirit Rock authorized retreat teacher, a Stanford trained compassion cultivation instructor, and a UCLA certified mindfulness facilitator. She teaches Buddhist meditation and contemplation nationally, and in particular, at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, where she also serves on their Board of Directors. Nikki holds a Ph.D. in computer science from UC Berkeley and has had an active career as an Artificial Intelligence scientist in academia and industry for over two decades.
2019-07-23 Illness as a Doorway to Freedom 43:24
Nikki Mirghafori shows us that illness and hardship are not just to be endured, they can actually be our teachers on the path.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley Saturday Talks
In collection Meditation in Hard Times
2019-04-13 The Joy of Samadhi (Concentration) - Day 2 of 2 6:58:55
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2019-04-12 The Joy of Samadhi (Concentration) - Day 1 of 2 (missing early morning section from 10am-11am) 5:41:33
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2019-01-27 Wise Livelihood: Work As Practice - part 1 1:15:25
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2019-01-27 Wise Livelihood: Work As Practice - part 2 2:27:36
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2018-11-11 Cultivating Compassion: The Art and Science of Kindness - Day 2 of 2 6:59:52
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2018-11-10 Cultivating Compassion: The Art and Science of Kindness - Day 1 of 2 6:48:07
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2018-10-15 Being a Scientist of your own Mind - Monday night Dharma Talk 47:17
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2018-10-04 Day Three, Morning Instructions: Working with Emotions with R.A.I.N. (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 19:08
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Evolving Together: Mindfulness Meditation and Modern Science
2018-10-03 Being a Scientist of Our Own Mind (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 51:15
Our magnificent heart-mind-body is our laboratory. First, a deep respect and humility for how little we know (specifically about the brain) is to be embraced, in order not to reduce the totality of our amazing humanity to materialist neuralism, especially with simplified or outdated models (e.g., the Triune theory with reptilian brain, etc.). Also essential are a scientific “holy” curiosity (also known as the factor of investigation) and gentle perseverance. Finally, a true scientist is inspired by awe and the mystery of the ineffable, not just to “get a prize” — or, as it applies to our meditation practice, simply undertaking it for the sake of self improvement.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Evolving Together: Mindfulness Meditation and Modern Science

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