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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.
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2019-08-25 The Eight Jhanas and the Three Characteristics 60:59
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
2019-08-21 Day 3: Morning Sit with Instructions: Guided Meditation: Connecting with the breath as a good friend (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:28
Easing into samadhi (concentration) through befriending the breath.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
2019-08-20 Samadhi: eight supportive conditions and the five jhanic factors (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:10
What is samadhi (most often translated as concentration)? Why do we engage in samatha practice on this path? How does it differ from vipassana? Eight supportive conditions to establish samadhi are discussed. A brief exposition of the five jhanic factors are offered at the end of the talk.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
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 26:10:19
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

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