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Nikki Mirghafori's Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
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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2017-10-08 Day 6 Morning Instructions: Deathbed visualization (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:39
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.
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
Maranasati: Contemplating Death / Awakening to Life
2017-10-03 Day 1 morning instruction: Arriving in the body with breath (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:53
Maranasati: Contemplating Death / Awakening to Life
2017-06-23 Day 4: Guided Metta: Circle of Benefactors (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:14
Foundations of Mindfulness
2017-06-23 Day 3 Morning Instructions: Mindfulness of Thinking (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 49:56
Foundations of Mindfulness
2017-06-22 Why are We Here? What are We Doing? And, What's Love Got to Do With It? (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:06
Foundations of Mindfulness
2017-05-28 Seeing Things as They are Through Vipassana (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 45:55
When we see the nature of reality as impermanent, not inherently satisfying and impersonal, we don't take it all so personally. There can be more ease and freedom when we make peace with the way things are. Recorded at Spirit Rock at "Examining Reality as a Path to Freedom: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students"
Examining Reality as a Path to Freedom: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students
2017-05-27 Day 5 Guided Metta: Radiating Metta for All, Including Oneself (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 41:39
Examining Reality as a Path to Freedom: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students
2017-05-27 Day 5 Instructions: Mental Factors (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:05
Examining Reality as a Path to Freedom: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students

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