Got Enlightenment?

Besides the synonym “awakening” there are at least 33 more synonyms in the suttas (Samyutta Nikaya 43) for the Pali word “nibbana,” such as the unconditioned; the destruction of greed, hate, delusion; the other shore; the peaceful; the sublime; the deathless; the island; the refuge; and freedom. What is nibbana anyway? Is it appropriate to consider it the destination of our practice, or is it harmful to be goal oriented? Can it be tasted in our very lives, or something to only aspire to, considered out of reach of us lesser mortals in modern times? Does it happen suddenly, or gradually, or both? In this talk, we will explore these and other questions. Come with the aspiration to “love and live the questions themselves,” as Rilke put it, rather than a desire for conceptual reification.

Nikki will also be leading a daylong event on Saturday, July 13 titled “Awakening to Our Precious Life Through Contemplating Death.”
Nikki Mirghafori, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher and Artificial Intelligence scientist. Nikki is a lineage holder in the Theravada tradition, empowered by the Burmese master Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, as well as Spirit Rock/IMS/IMC. She serves on the Teachers Council and Board of Directors at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, as well as the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA, and teaches Dharma internationally. She is also a Stanford-trained compassion cultivation instructor and a UCLA-trained mindfulness facilitator. Additionally, for almost three decades, Nikki has been a researcher in AI, holding multiple patents and co-author of 40+ scientific research articles. For information, see



July 12, 20198. 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

First Unitarian Universalist Church of SD, Bard Hall

4190 Front St.

San Diego

Parking is validated in the ACE parking lot adjacent to the church. Street parking is available after 7pm. We encourage carpooling.

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Nikki Mirghafori Dharma Talk
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