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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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2018-06-25 Keeping Our Hearts Open in the Midst of Suffering in Our Country and the World 51:54
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2018-05-11 Day 6 Morning Instructions: Aspirations for living from the perspective of our deathbed. (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 45:02
In this morning's guided meditation, first we settle in with the body, appreciating the intimacy and the impersonality of experience, holding both experiences equally valid. Then, we look at our lives from the vantage point of our deathbed (far in the future, only for the purpose of this thought exercise) and reflect on aspirations that arise for living our life in this precious human birth, however long we have left.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Contemplating Death/Awakening to Life (Maranasati Retreat)
2018-05-10 Maranasati: "If My Life Is for Rent...Nothing I Have Is Truly Mine." 57:56
Three fruits of maranasati practice are discussed: 1) Preparing for our moment of death with fearlessness and peace. Topics of Near Death Experiences (NDEs) and rebirth are presented with a don't know mind. 2) Living THIS limited, precious life fully, with gratitude, forgiveness, generosity and letting go. 3) Awakening, liberation, nibbana -- Maranasati is a practice towards liberation, arising insights into the three marks of existence (anicca, dukkha, anatta).
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Contemplating Death/Awakening to Life (Maranasati Retreat)
2018-05-08 Death contemplation awakens us to life (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:53
In this talk, Nikki Mirghafori (first ~30 minutes) and Eugene Cash (the rest) discuss how death contemplation helps us awaken to living this life, with embracing letting go and not knowing.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Contemplating Death/Awakening to Life (Maranasati Retreat)
2018-05-08 Day 3 Morning Instructions: This could be my last breath (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 42:27
Guided meditation from the Maranasati Sutta.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Contemplating Death/Awakening to Life (Maranasati Retreat)
2018-05-07 Death: "This is Nature, This is Natural" (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:46
The first part of the talk, the hindrances (Nivarana in Pali), also translated as veils, are discussed through the lens of Maranasati practice. The second part of the talk is devoted to sharing lessons from my mother's recent passing.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Contemplating Death/Awakening to Life (Maranasati Retreat)
2018-05-06 Day 1 Morning Instructions: Settling in, noticing aliveness. (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:13:57
Settling in with the breath and body. Feeling the aliveness present in this moment.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Contemplating Death/Awakening to Life (Maranasati Retreat)
2017-10-08 Day 6 Morning Instructions: Deathbed visualization (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:39
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Maranasati: Contemplating Death / Awakening to Life
2017-10-07 Three Dimensions of Death Contemplation Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:12
The three dimensions of death contemplation are discussed: 1) preparing for death (ours and others) 2) awakening to our precious human life, and 3) awakening/liberation.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Maranasati: Contemplating Death / Awakening to Life
2017-10-06 Day 4 morning Instruction: This could be my last breath (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 51:12
Sit with Instructions AM
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Maranasati: Contemplating Death / Awakening to Life

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