In 1989 Chhi’mèd Rig’dzin Rinpoche gave a series of teachings and empowerments on the Yorkshire Moors, which were attended by apprentices and also members of the public. Ralzhig Pema Legden and Ngakma Lé-kyi—two of Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen’s older apprentices—were there at that time, and had the opportunity to spend a great deal of time with Chhi’mèd Rig’dzin Rinpoche.
Ngak’chang Rinpoche comments:
It was undoubtedly the experience of spending so much time with Chhi’mèd Rig’dzin Rinpoche which established the basis for their subsequent ordination. The retreat in Yorkshire was an excellent period of time in which Chhi’mèd Rig’dzin Rinpoche gave more teachings than I had ever experienced before at any one time. Between the years 1979-1988 Chhi’mèd Rig’dzin Rinpoche usually liked to spend time with people and to teach mainly through informal symbolic transmission. This approach gradually changed over the 1990s until Chhi’mèd Rig’dzin Rinpoche spent most of his time practising drüpthab with students. In Yorkshire Chhi’mèd Rig’dzin Rinpoche covered a wide variety of Vajrayana topics in his teachings and went into great detail – teaching from early in the morning until late in the evening.