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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.
2016-05-23 Guided instructions - Metta for the person with whom we have difficulty. Q/A 56:55
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat
2016-05-22 Morning instructions: metta for the neutral person and Q/A 55:20
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat
2016-05-21 The heavenly abodes compassion 60:51
This talk introduces the four heavenly abodes (Brahma Viharas), their relationship to one another, they're near and far enemies and a range of motivations for practice. The second half of the talk is dedicated to the practice of compassion, the second of the four Brahma Viharas
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat
2016-05-19 Guided meditation– First day and Q/A 44:23
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat
2016-03-24 Radical Gratitude 60:58
What is the Buddhist concept of gratitude? Why practice gratitude? How? What is the relationship between gratitude and other Brahma Viharas? And finally, what is radical gratitude?
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Monthlong
2016-03-23 Day 25 Brahma Vihara Practice: Equanimity Practice for All Beings 36:36
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Monthlong
2016-03-18 Day 20 Brahma Vihara Practice: Mudita for Difficult Relationships 38:12
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Monthlong
2016-03-16 Love and Live the Questions Themselves 52:14
This talk explores the second factor of awakening, investigation (dhamma vicaya). What is investigation? How does it relate to the other awakening factors? How and when is it applied in practice? The last part of the talk discusses the third factor of energy (viriya) briefly.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Monthlong
2016-03-11 Compassion: The only thing that makes sense. 54:21
The talk discusses what compassion is, what it is not, its relationship to the other brahma viharas and finally, why practice compassion. Some research studies are also discussed.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Monthlong
2016-03-09 Day 11 Brahma Vihara Practice: Metta for All Beings 42:35
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Monthlong

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