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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.
2016-07-17 Day 4 Morning Sit with Instructions: Metta Practice Benefactors 29:57
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta Retreat
2016-07-16 Metta and Its Benefits 52:21
G.R.A.C.E. as an acronym for practice; benefits of metta from the suttas and scientific studies; contemplative and universal aspirations for practicing loving-kindness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta Retreat
2016-07-15 Day 2 Afternoon Sit with Instructions: Introduction to Compassion Practice 36:48
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta Retreat
2016-06-20 Examining reality through Vipassana and Q/A 63:15
Vipassana as process (vs. content) meditation. Lucid dreaming practice as a method to examine our waking reality. Seeing the three characteristics of existence as the aspects of ultimate reality.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Examining Reality as a Path to Freedom: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students
2016-06-19 Guided Meditation 53:22
Instructions on practicing metta as friendliness. Investigating the mind and the mental factors. Followed by Q/A.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Examining Reality as a Path to Freedom: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students
2016-06-18 Investigating the mind (nama) and Q/A 1:11:32
A review of instructions on the four elements, followed by investigation of the mind and mental factors. Followed by open Q/A.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Examining Reality as a Path to Freedom: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students
2016-06-17 Guided meditation: The Twelve Characteristics of the Four Elements and Q/A 42:32
12 characteristics of the four elements and Q/A
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Examining Reality as a Path to Freedom: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students
2016-06-16 Investigating the body (rupa) and Q/A 65:46
Breaking the compactness of experience of body as a concept
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Examining Reality as a Path to Freedom: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students
2016-06-15 Guided meditation day one - arriving and settling 55:46
Guided meditation for settling the mind, walking meditation instructions and Q/A
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Examining Reality as a Path to Freedom: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students
2016-05-24 Embracing it all: taking the practice home with gratitude 58:53
What is the role of metta meditation in relationship to the Vipassana practice? How do we take the practice home? On the cushion? Daily he practice? What's the role of gratitude in embracing all of life
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat

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