Nikki Mirghafori's Dharma Talks
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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Day 6 Morning Instructions: Deathbed visualization (Retreat at Spirit Rock)
"Karma as empowerment: this moment's intentional action conditions the next"
(Extra-) Ordinary freedom: inside & outside prison walls
Anatta: Not-Self or No Unchanging Self
Being a Scientist of Our Own Mind (Retreat at Spirit Rock)
Being a Scientist of your own Mind - Monday night Dharma Talk
Being Gentle (Retreat at Spirit Rock)
Change, Vedana, Tanha
Compassion: The only thing that makes sense.
Concentration/Unification of Mind (Samādhi) --> Knowledge and vision of thing...
Contemplating Dukkha as Motivation for Liberation
Cultivating Compassion: The Art and Science of Kindness - Day 1 of 2
Day 1 Brahma Vihara Practice: Metta for Self
Day 1 Guided Metta: Meeting Everything That Arises with Kindness (Retreat at...
Day 1 Instructions: Arriving & Settling into the Practice (Retreat at Spirit...
Day 1 morning instruction: Arriving in the body with breath (Retreat at Spiri...
Day 1 Morning Instructions: Settling in, noticing aliveness. (Retreat at Spir...
Day 10: Brahma Vihara Instructions
Day 11 Brahma Vihara Practice: Metta for All Beings
Day 13: Morning Sit with Instructions
Day 1: Instructional Sit
Day 2 Afternoon Sit with Instructions: Introduction to Compassion Practice
Day 20 Brahma Vihara Practice: Mudita for Difficult Relationships
Day 20: Brahma Vihara Instructions
Day 25 Brahma Vihara Practice: Equanimity Practice for All Beings
Day 2: Brahma Vihara Instructions
Day 2: Dharma Talk - Reorienting our life in the light of death
Day 3 Guided Metta: Metta for Self, Receiving Metta (Retreat at Spirit Rock)
Day 3 Instructions: 4 Elements Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock)
Day 3 Morning Instructions: This could be my last breath (Retreat at Spirit ...
Day 3 Morning Instructions: Mindfulness of Thinking (Retreat at Spirit Rock)
Day 3: Morning Instructional Sit
Day 4 morning Instruction: This could be my last breath (Retreat at Spirit R...
Day 4 Morning Sit with Instructions: Metta Practice Benefactors
Day 4: Guided Metta: Circle of Benefactors (Retreat at Spirit Rock)
Day 4: Morning Instructional Sit
Day 5 Guided Metta: Radiating Metta for All, Including Oneself (Retreat at Sp...
Day 5 Instructions: Mental Factors (Retreat at Spirit Rock)
Day 6 Afternoon Sit: Introduction to Equanimity Practice
Day 6 Brahma Vihara Practice: Metta for Neutral Person
Day 6 Morning Instructions: Aspirations for living from the perspective of ou...
Day 6: Morning Sit with Instructions
Day 6: Morning Sitting with Instructions
Day 8 Morning Sit with Instructions: Radiant Metta in 6 Directions
Day Three, Morning Instructions: Working with Emotions with R.A.I.N. (Retreat...
Day#24: Brahma Vihara Instructions
Death contemplation awakens us to life (Retreat at Spirit Rock)
Death contemplation: an opening to an awakened life
Death: "This is Nature, This is Natural" (Retreat at Spirit Rock)
Disenchantment and dispassion --> Knowledge and vision of liberation
Dying practice: Letting go into the deathless
Embracing it all: taking the practice home with gratitude
Examining reality through Vipassana and Q/A
Examining Reality: Preparing Ourselves by Grounding in Ethical Integrity (Ret...
Finding the Inner Island in a Mind Storm
Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness: 7 Factors of Awakening (Retreat at Spirit R...
Growing in Wisdom and Compassion through Embracing Adversity
Guided instructions - Metta for the person with whom we have difficulty. Q/A
Guided meditation day one - arriving and settling
Guided Meditation: Acceptance of This Very Moment
Guided meditation– First day and Q/A
Guided Metta - Neutral Person
Guided Metta Meditation: Dear Friend and Self
Guided Metta: Intro
Holiday Season Reflections & Sitting Meditation
Instructional Sit Day 5
Introduction to Metta (loving-kindness) and guided meditation (Retreat at Spi...
Investigating the body (rupa) and Q/A
Investigating the Body Leading to Investigating the Mind (Retreat at Spirit R...
Investigating the mind (nama) and Q/A
It's all Part of the Process: Inspiration, Aspiration, and Orientation
Joy —> Tranquility —> Happiness
Keeping Our Hearts Open in the Midst of Suffering in Our Country and the World
Liberative Dependent Arising: Disenchantment
Liberative Dependent Arising: Tranquility (Retreat at Spirit Rock)
Love and Live the Questions Themselves
Maranasati: "If my life is for rent...nothing I have is truly mine." (Retreat...
Metta and Its Benefits
Morning Guided Instructions: The Four Elements
Morning Guided Instructions: The Four Noble Truths
Morning Instructions: Exploring gladness, joy, tranquility, and happiness
Morning Instructions: Investigating conditionality through 1) root condition...
Morning Instructions: Investigating the mind and body, and how they conditio...
Morning Instructions: Investigating the supporting condition in the links of ...
Morning instructions: metta for the neutral person and Q/A
Morning Instructions: Practicing with the Internal Dimension of Ethics on Ret...
Seeing Things as They are Through Vipassana (Retreat at Spirit Rock)
Spirit Rock, Taking Refuge, Monday Night Dharma Talk
Taking the 4th Noble Truth Home
Tending Our Own Minds/Hearts, Caring for Others
The 3rd Noble Truth
The Dis-ease of Busyness
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness & Liberation
The Four Things I Know to be True: Practical Four Noble Truths
The heavenly abodes compassion
The How and Why of Practice
The Joy of Samadhi
The Second Foundation of Mindfulness (Vedana): Pleasant, Unpleasant or Neutral
The Six Contemplations of the First Satipatthana: The Body
The Way to Love
Three Dimensions of Death Contemplation Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock)
Three Types of Dukkha
Thursday Guided Instructions: Feeling Tone (Vedana)
Time is Short: Aligning Our Life with our Intentions
To be Grateful for Everything
Vedana and the second arrow
Wholesome ethical behavior --> non-regret --> gladness --> .... --> liberation
Why are We Here? What are We Doing? And, What's Love Got to Do With It? (Ret...
Wisdom and Acceptance