The Tao of Leadership


Being Strategic, Practical, and Ethical in These Challenging Times
September 25, 2022
At: Boston Shambhala Center. USA
With: Eva Wong


To succeed in these challenging times is not easy, but to accomplish our goals without compromising virtue is deemed impossible by many. Yet, in the history of China, the greatest strategists had always balanced virtue and strategy, assessed gain and profit against harm caused, and succeeded in their political, military, and economic enterprises.


This workshop features strategies of success that take into account the importance of virtue and ethics. Winning is desirable, but if a victory means sacrificing integrity, honor, and compassion, it is no victory at all. A great strategist is someone who balances practicality with ethics. Ethics affect which project, mission, or campaign is chosen. Strategy determines how actions are carried out to accomplish the project honorably. Practicality dictates whether a project is feasible given the logistics necessary for it to succeed.

Join Eva Wong in a workshop on how to balance strategy, practicality, and ethics in accomplishing your goals in these challenging times we live in. The program will highlight strategies discussed in Eva’s new book How To Win - 36 Ancient Strategies for Success.


There are a small number of discounted tickets available for this program, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Eva Wong is the author of over 15 books on Chinese history, culture, and Taoism. She is also the owner of Ghost Valley Strategy Consultants, a company that advices corporations, government agencies, and private individuals on how to succeed with integrity and honor.

How to Win: 36 Ancient Strategies for Success

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (June 2, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611808278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611808278

 Potent advice on how to think and act strategically in business, politics, and relationships--drawn from classic Chinese military and political expertise.

The ancient strategies of war and politics have much to offer us in navigating the complicated challenges we face today--and to help us wisely and effectively meet our business, political, and relational goals.

Here, eminent Chinese scholar and Taoist teacher Eva Wong unpacks the wisdom of The Thirty-Six Strategies, a collection of advice encoded in sayings, steeped in Chinese history and culture. She explores strategies attributed to renowned military philosophers such as Sun Tzu and Zhuge Liang (aka "The Sleeping Dragon"), along with other less-known advisors, that were implemented during three of the most chaotic eras of Chinese history--the Spring and Autumn Period, the Warring States Period, and the Three Kingdoms.

Covering three categories of strategy--proactive, reactive, and desperate--Wong expertly connects the words of ancient military philosophers with timeless advice, as useful today as it was in the Tang dynasty (618-906) when this collection was originally gathered. In Chinese military philosophy and political theory, the thirty-six strategies are considered "yin" or "shadow" in nature, meaning that they operate best in darkness and concealment.

As Wong writes, "Desperate times call for desperate measures, and since the thirty-six strategies rose out of times of war and conflict, it is inevitable that they were used to win wars, triumph over opponents, take advantage of situations, and survive when defeat is imminent."


Ghost Valley Strategy Consultants and

Shambhala Mountain Center Present:

The Strategic Studies Series

The Strategic Studies Series is a system of workshops and courses featuring modern applications of strategy based on Chinese classics including Sunzi’s Art of War, The Thirty-Six Strategies, and the writings of Zhuge Liang.


Phase 1 of the Series begins with a special introductory workshop that highlights general principles of strategic thought and action drawn from the teachings of Sunzi, the master of situations, and Zhuge Liang, the master of human observation.

Phase 2 of the Series consists of 4 modules of training in strategy and tactics based on the Chinese strategy classic Sunzi’s Art of War. This Series is modular in design, but on completion of all the modules, the participant will have learned how to use the entire book to design and execute plans of strategic action.

For more detailed information visit our special page:


and check out the workshop below!

An Invitation To Thinking and Acting Strategically
June 02-04; 2023
At: Drala Mountain Center
With: Eva Wong
(no requirements)


About this workshop

This workshop presented by Eva Wong and Ghost Valley Strategy Consultants is designed to introduce you to the art and skill of thinking and acting strategically. Everyone can be a strategist. It only takes inspiration and some training to bring out the strategist within you.

This workshop will provide you with tools and guidelines on how to think and act strategically, call your attention to the need for virtue in strategic thought and action, and apply what you have learned in your work and everyday life. Thinking and acting strategically can save time, effort, and resources, allowing us to successfully accomplish works that will benefit humanity.


What is offered in this workshop 

  • Presentations and tutorials by Eva Wong and Ghost Valley Consultants on:
    • situation awareness
    • social awareness
    • interpersonal awareness
    • information awareness
  • Theme-rooms and breakout groups on focused topics
  • Taoist methods of enhancing body and mental awareness


Who can benefit from this workshop

If you are in business, education, professional services, government agencies, or are involved in community organization, and you wish to integrate strategic skill and virtue into your work - THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU.


What you will get out of it

  •  Tools and guidelines for personal follow-up training
  • Body awareness training exercises
  • Mental awareness training exercises


Drala Mountain Center

click HERE for the link to this program.


About Eva Wong

Eva Wong is the author of A Course in the Thirty-Six Strategies, a Chinese classic on strategy and tactics (to be published in summer 2020), as well as 15 other books on the Taoist practical arts such as health practices, meditation, divination, and strategy.

She owns and operates Ghost Valley Strategy Consultants, and has advised corporations, government agencies, and private individuals on strategy world-wide. You can find her courses on strategy and tactics listed in the website

2023 in Karme Chöling (VT; USA)

Being Strategic in the Real World - A Zhuge Liang Program

2 days - 2023: July 14 (evening) - 16 (ends 6pm)

No requirements

Material fee: $35


With Eva Wong


About this workshop

We live in a real world. In the real world, we interact with people who have thoughts, feelings, open friendliness, and hidden agendas. In the real world, we move around in environments - be it the natural world of plants, animals, and elements, or the social world of ethnic diversity, community life, work environments, and government policies. In the real world, time does not wait.


Zhuge Liang’s success in political leadership, military campaigns, and social reforms is founded on his uncanny ability to observe the natural world and understand people’s thoughts and feelings, and use this information strategically.


What is offered in this workshop

This workshop is designed to introduce you to the strategies of:

• Observing the natural world skillfully and deducing its messages.

• Moving through and observing the social world discretely to gather information.

• Using your observations to design strategic plans of action.

• Using your observations to set “go or no-go” parameters in decision making.

• Learning how to take advantage of opportunities and execute your actions in a timely manner.

• Being street smart in both beneficial and aversive conditions.


What you will get out of this workshop

• Guidelines on how to apply the training acquired in this workshop to your work and personal life.

• Thought banners that will stimulate further investigative learning.

• Exercises and scenarios that will hone your skill in moving around your personal, work, and social world strategically.

• Part 1 of Eva Wong’s book Mastering the Art of Leadership and Strategy.


Observe the world to understand the world.

Nothing is inconsequential.

Scrutinize everything.

Make judgements after observation, not before.


Eva Wong is a translator of Chinese classics of strategy and a strategy consultant for business corporations, political leaders, and social movements.

The Meditator as Strategist

2 days - 2023: July 16 (evening) - 19 (ends 6pm)

No requirements


With Eva Wong


Meditation is a strategic activity. In meditation, we encounter diverse thoughts arising in consciousness. Some are positive, some are negative, some are neutral, and some are even nonsensical. To be able to ally with positive thoughts, pacify negative thoughts, de-emphasize neutral thoughts, and minimize nonsensical thoughts is the mark of an intelligent and strategic meditator.


This program is specifically designed as a companion to the Zhuge Liang programs on leadership and strategy.

In this program, you will learn how to be a strategic mediator by:

• Befriending positive thoughts

• Protecting yourself from negative thoughts

• Conserving consciousness energy by minimizing neutral and nonsensical thoughts.


As a strategic meditator, we do not enter the field of consciousness and encounter our thoughts unprepared. Using qigong techniques, we will prepare our body strategically for meditation. Using Xiantianwujimen Taoism’s thought techniques, we will keep our consciousness clear and still during meditation.


Learn to meditate strategically -

be still as a mountain,

fluid as a river,

powerful as a storm,

and subtle as the wandering mists.


Eva Wong is a carrier of the Xiantianwujimen lineage of Taoism and the translator of Taoist classics on meditation, internal alchemy, and strategy and tactics.

The Art of Strategic Cooperation and Team Building - A Zhuge Liang program

2 days: 2023: July 19 (evening) - 21 (ends 6pm)

Material fee for those not registered in Being Strategic in the Real World: $35


With Eva Wong


About this workshop

Cooperation and team building are key to successful projects and enterprises. Without cooperation and good team dynamics, disharmony and dysfunction will occur. The results are failed initiatives, wasted time and resources, and most importantly, erosion of goodwill among people with good intentions.


Zhuge Liang was famous for working harmoniously and effectively with colleagues, friends, strangers, and even competitive rivals. His ability to strategically forge cooperation and build teams led to success in the face of overwhelming odds. What is offered in this workshop


Whether you are involved in business projects, volunteer-based charitable work, or just running day-to-day activities in an organization, cooperation and team building are the foundation of successful operations. You cannot always work with people you like, or with persons who share your ideals. How do you build a team and make sure that the members will cooperate with each other?


This workshop is designed to train you in the strategies of cooperation and team building among friends, co-workers, strangers, and competitors, so that personal differences, grudges, and rivalry can be set aside for the greater good.


Through presentations, tutorials, and work groups simulations, you will learn how to:

• Balance virtue and pragmatics while making cooperative commitments.

• Identify the nature of the cooperative activity needed to complete a project.

• Identify the skills and abilities that are needed to form an effective team.

• Work strategically with team members and partner organizations who are friendly, supportive, indifferent, or even hostile.

• Create a work environment that focuses on cooperation rather than competitive rivalry. What you will get out of this workshop

• Guidelines on how to balance virtue and pragmatics in cooperative activities.

• Guidelines on how to identify and design cooperative agreements.

• Tips on how to choose team members.

• Thought banners that will stimulate further investigation of how to cooperate strategically.

• Part 1 of Eva Wong’s book Mastering the Art of Leadership and Strategy.


Create an atmosphere of cooperation, not rivalry.

Successful teams lead to successful projects.


Eva Wong is a translator of Chinese classics of strategy and a strategy consultant for business corporations, political leaders, and social movements.

We will add information on upcoming programs as soon as they are available.