Réjung Rinpoche is a Kagyüd-Nyingma ngakpa and the abbot of ‘Ka-nying Chöling’ in Yolmo – Northern Nepal. Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen met Réjung Rinpoche in 1995 and have been friends ever since. They met by chance on the Confederate Sanghas of Aro pilgrimage, and recognised each other as Lamas of the gö-kar chang-lo’idé. (They exchanged addresses – making it possible for the pilgrims of the 1998 pilgrimage to go to Yolmo to spend time with him.)
There are Aro Pilgrimages every year either led by Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen or by Ngakma Shardröl Du-nyam Wangmo and Naljorpa Bar-ché Dorje. Ngakma Shardröl goes to Nepal on pilgrimage every year to visit with Kyabjé Künzang Dorje Rinpoche and to visit friends of Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen such as Réjung Rinpoche, Khandro Ten’dzin Drölkar, and Lama Lödrö Rinpoche and his Sangyum, Khandro Nyida Wangmo.
They shared a delightful lunch together before Réjung had to return to Yolmo. Fortunately they were able to meet again in the winter of 2003 in Bodha when Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen were visiting Kyabjé Künzang Dorje Rinpoche and Jomo Sam’phel on pilgrimage with their apprentices and ordained disciples, and on this occasion he presented them with a statue of Buddha Shakyamuni (on which he had personally performed the rab-né ceremony) and texts of his lineage.
Lama Ré-chung Rinpoche was interested to hear about Khandro Déchen and Ngak’chang Rinpoche’s lives and asked about their lineage. Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche, Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpoche, and Kyabjé Chhi-’mèd Rig’dzin Rinpoche were also important teachers of his, so he was delighted to have met a vajra brother and sister in Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen.