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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.
2016-03-07 The Second Foundation of Mindfulness (Vedana): Pleasant, Unpleasant or Neutral 1:30:02
Guided Meditation and Dharma Talk from Monday Night Meditation Class on March 7th, 2016
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2016-03-04 Day 6 Brahma Vihara Practice: Metta for Neutral Person 40:10
Day 6 Brahma Vihara Practice: Metta for Neutral Person
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Monthlong
2016-03-02 Vedana and the second arrow 54:01
This talk explores the second foundation of mindfulness, the feeling tone (vedana -- pleasant, unpleasant, neither pleasant nor unpleasant) and the teachings in the Sallatha Sutta (SN 36.6) on the second arrow.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Monthlong
2016-02-28 Day 1 Brahma Vihara Practice: Metta for Self 45:12
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Monthlong
2016-01-11 Time is Short: Aligning Our Life with our Intentions 49:45
Monday Night Meditation Class with Nikki Mirghafori
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2015-12-28 It's all Part of the Process: Inspiration, Aspiration, and Orientation 47:20
A first night of retreat talk, providing an orientation and overview of the practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center New Year's Insight Meditation Retreat
2015-12-21 The Way to Love 48:59
Dharma talk from Monday Night Meditation class at Spirit Rock on December 21st, 2015.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2015-10-26 Finding the Inner Island in a Mind Storm 56:08
Dharma Talk from Monday Night Meditation on October 26, 2015
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2015-09-19 The Joy of Samadhi 2:56:11
The practice of samatha leads to a state of samadhi, where the mind is stable, bright, not distracted and spacious.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center The Joy Of Samadhi
2015-08-31 Growing in Wisdom and Compassion through Embracing Adversity 51:44
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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