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Nikki Mirghafori

Dr. Nikki Mirghafori is an Artificial Intelligence scientist and an internationally recognized Buddhist teacher. She serves as a stewarding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where she is also on the board of directors, and a Dharma teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA. She teaches with clarity, warmth, and humor on topics ranging from mindful leadership to cultivating kindness, with a rare expertise on mindfulness of death. Dr. Mirghafori is widely published in AI, has led international research collaborations as a Berkeley academic, and has advised technology startups. She is of Persian heritage and an advocate for wisdom and compassion in daily life, as well as ethical AI in our zeitgeist.

Nikki Mirghafori, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher and AI scientist. She teaches internationally and serves as a stewarding teacher and on the board of directors at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

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Nikki Mirghafori

Dr. Nikki Mirghafori is an Artificial Intelligence scientist and an internationally recognized Buddhist teacher. She serves as a stewarding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where she is also on the board of directors, and a Dharma teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA. She teaches with clarity, warmth, and humor on topics ranging from mindful leadership to cultivating kindness, with a rare expertise on mindfulness of death. Dr. Mirghafori is widely published in AI, has led international research collaborations as a Berkeley academic, and has advised technology startups. She is of Persian heritage and an advocate for wisdom and compassion in daily life, as well as ethical AI in our zeitgeist.

Nikki Mirghafori, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher and AI scientist. She teaches internationally and serves as a stewarding teacher and on the board of directors at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

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