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Nikki Mirghafori

Nikki Mirghafori, PhD, started contemplative practices and yoga in the early 1990’s as a teen, and has practiced primarily in the Theravada tradition since 2003. She studied jhanas and the detailed analytical method of vipassana with the renowned Burmese meditation master Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, who empowered and instructed her to teach in 2008. Additionally, she is a Stanford-trained compassion cultivation instructor, a UCLA-trained mindfulness facilitator, and also empowered by Spirit Rock/IMS as a Dharma Teacher. She is of Persian heritage, and in a parallel universe, has been an artificial intelligence scientist and academic.

Nikki serves on the Teachers Council, as well as the Board of Directors at Spirit Rock and the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA. She offers classes, daylongs, retreats, and individual dharma guidance to practitioners nationally.

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Featured Audio Talk
August 20, 2019 - Samadhi: Eight supportive conditions and the five jhanic factors

This path of Buddhism leads somewhere, the same way that the river’s water leads to the ocean. This practice leads to Nibbāna—that’s our destination. The destination is freedom, the destination is awakening. How do we relate to that as something accessible? Waking up to our humanity, waking up from the way we are entangled in our suffering—to become free. Free from what ails us so that no matter what the conditions of our lives are there is a sense of ease and freedom.

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