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About Lady Lila Rich

Lady Lila Rich is the founder and president of the Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin Library & Archives, a nonprofit dedicated to sharing the teachings of the Vajra Regent that resulted from his training and empowerment by the Vidyadhara. She received her title in 1976 at the time of the empowerment of her husband Thomas Rich as the Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin by Vidyadhara Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. A student of the Vidyadhara since 1970, she and the Vajra Regent received their refuge and bodhisattva vows at Karmê Chöling (then Tail of the Tiger). Lady Rich was appointed the first executive director for the newly founded Shambhala Training Program in 1979, and continued in her role through 1989. She was instrumental in the initial curriculum development, teaching and teacher training for all the levels of Shambhala Training. 

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