The Zigar Drukpa Kargyu Institute is established and maintained by an association of refugee monks and lay followers of the Drukpa Kargyud order of Tibetan Buddhism, and other persons sympathetic with the aims and activities of the Institute. With the full approval and blessings of H.H. the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, the Institute's work was begun at Rewalsar in 1980.