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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.
2017-03-09 Liberative Dependent Arising: Tranquility (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:13
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Monthlong Retreat
2017-03-07 Day 10: Brahma Vihara Instructions 30:25
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Monthlong Retreat
2017-03-03 Day 6: Morning Sit with Instructions 46:41
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Monthlong Retreat
2017-03-02 Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness: 7 Factors of Awakening (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:34
In this retreat talk, the 7 factors of awakening-with examples are explained; particularly with respect to long retreat practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Monthlong Retreat
2017-02-27 Day 2: Brahma Vihara Instructions 28:34
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Monthlong Retreat
2017-01-09 Spirit Rock, Taking Refuge, Monday Night Dharma Talk 62:55
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2016-12-28 Being Gentle (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 49:48
Gentleness is the fastest way to land at the retreat and the best way to be with the guests visiting our mind. The acronym F.I.R.E. is presented - F: Friendliness, I: Intention, R: Relaxation, E: Enjoyment as a gentle fire to infuse our practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center New Year's Insight Meditation Retreat
2016-11-05 Day 6: Morning Sitting with Instructions 54:14
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Maranasati: Contemplating Death
2016-11-04 Dying practice: Letting go into the deathless 46:26
1) Death contemplation can prepare us for the moment of death to be ultimate moment of freedom, of letting go into the unconditioned. 2) Holding the possibility of rebirth and reports of near death experiences with spaciousness of a "don't know" mind.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Maranasati: Contemplating Death
2016-11-03 Day 4: Morning Instructional Sit 50:44
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Maranasati: Contemplating Death

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