Venerable Rita grew up in Switzerland. She traveled to Nepal where she met Buddhism at Kopan Monastery in 1990. She took ordination in 1991 with her main teacher, Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche. Since then she has been based primarily in India at Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, initially studying at the Tibetan Library of Works and Archives for 6 years and more recently offering service as one of the centre’s primary teachers of Tushita’s famous Introduction to Buddhism courses.
She has led and guided many retreats including five 3-month Vajrasattva retreats, Green Tara retreats and a 2-month Lam Rim Chen Mo retreat with teachings by Yangsi Rinpoche in 2000. She is especially well known for leading Nyung Nays, having completed more than 80 consecutive Nyung Nays over a period of 6 months in 1998.