The corporate structure of Shambhala is continually evolving, and the names of its constituents change from time to time. The information below is accurate as of December 2015. If you have specific questions about how to name Shambhala in your will, please contact the Shambhala Director of Finance who will either answer your question or direct you to someone who can:
902-425-4275 ext 116
It is important to engage with your own legal counsel before finalizing any bequest intention.
There are three parts to a charitable bequest in your Will or Trust: (1) the legal entity receiving the gift, (2) the gift itself (a dollar amount, percentage of your estate, stock or art); and (3) the purpose for which it is being given. This page will explain how to designate the legal entity receiving the gift.
A charitable bequest to “Shambhala International” would be problematic in that no such legal entity currently exists. What we refer to as “Shambhala International” in the broadest sense is composed of many different legal entities in the United States, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere.
A gift to the lineage or a general gift to the mandala is named differently, depending on your citizenship or residency. For instance:
A gift to the lineage by a US citizen or resident should be made to “the Sakyong Potrang”; a gift to the lineage by a Canadian citizen or resident should be made to “Sakyong Potrang Canada”. To learn more about options for leaving a gift to the lineage or to the Sakyong personally, please contact Mr. Landy Mallery: email@example.com
A general gift by a US citizen or resident to Shambhala should be made to “Shambhala USA”; a general gift by a Canadian resident to Shambhala should be made to “Shambhala Canada Society”; and a general European gift (if it can be made from your particular European country of residence) should be made to Shambhala Europe GmbH.
People who wish to make a bequest to a specific sector of the Shambhala mandala in their will or testamentary document–such as a land center, or a city centre for example– will need to know the exact legal name of the centre. If you wish to make a bequest to a specific activity within the mandala, such as the Shambhala Trust, the Shambhala Archives, the Dorje Kasung, the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, or the Nalanda Translation Committee, for example, you will need to determine the corporation in which that activity resides legally. This information can be obtained by contacting the centre itself (if obvious) or by contacting the Director of Finance as above.