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Nikki Mirghafori

Nikki Mirghafori, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher and Artificial Intelligence scientist. She is a lineage holder in the Theravada tradition, empowered by the living Burmese meditation master Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, with whom she practiced the jhanas and detailed analytical (Abhidhamma-style) vipassana. She also received empowerment from the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, Insight Meditation Center, and is a Stanford-trained compassion cultivation instructor.

She serves on the Teachers Council and Board of Directors at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, and also a Teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA. Nikki is Iranian-American, has taught contemplative practices internationally, and aspires to serve as a doula for wisdom and compassion.

Additionally, Nikki has been a researcher and inventor in AI, holding multiple patents and co-author of 40+ scientific research articles. She has directed international research programs as the Principal Investigator, mentored post-docs and PhD students, taught graduate courses at UC Berkeley, and been a scientific advisor to Silicon Valley technology startups. She is interested in the ethics of AI, among others.

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Featured Audio Talk
September 03, 2014 - Relaxed Concentration

The mind settles when the body is relaxed, at ease, joyous, tranquil. All of these give rise to the mind settling, unifying, and concentrating. For the deepest level of insight—into the Three Characteristics, into the Four Noble Truths, into the nature of this life—we need the mind to be settled, quiet, and sensitive, so that we can actually really contemplate our position, our situation in this world: what we call reality, what we call life. To be able to see with “the light of wisdom,” which is another word that is used for concentration and settledness of the mind.

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