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.

Meditating Strategically - Integrating Meditation, Qigong, and Strategy
October 22 and 23, 2022 - Stuttgart, Germany

With Eva Wong


The dual cultivation of body and mind forms the core of all spiritual traditions of Asia. In Daoism, the cultivation of the physical and energetic body builds the foundation of the cultivation of mind. Meditation provides a mind practice that makes the body safe and effective for gathering and storing internal energy.

In the Daoist teachings, it is said that qi, or internal energy, feeds whatever arises in consciousness. What arises - be it anger, kindness, fear, envy, generosity, and even wisdom - are all intensified by qi. It is therefore important for us not just to cultivate qi, but be aware of what is arising in our consciousness every moment. Meditation is the technique that can help us become aware of what arises, understand how thoughts and feelings emerge, and show us how to protect qi from being drained by destructive attitudes and emotions.

Since thoughts and emotions can arise in diverse circumstances and in different degrees of solidity, we need to be strategic in applying the appropriate form of meditation in the face of different adversaries. In Daoism, meditation is intimately linked to strategy. We use strategies and tactics to explore thoughts and feelings, assess their strengths and weaknesses, and engage them effectively. We forge allies with wisdom and compassion, kindness and generosity, courage and fortitude, so that we can be victorious over destructive thoughts and emotions.

This 2-day program will integrate streams of disciplines that define Daoist practice - meditation, qigong, and strategy. Practitioners will learn how to apply strategy in meditation, integrate qigong and meditation, and become strategic and intelligent meditators.

No requirement; no partial attendance

The Meditator as Strategist.
January 25, 2022.
At: Taoist Society Sao Paulo; Brazil.
With: Eva Wong
Sao Paulo, Brasil Jan 25, 2022 9am to 6pm

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.
In this program, you will learn how to befriend positive thoughts, protect yourself from negative thoughts, and conserve spirit energy (shen) 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 thought techniques, we will protect our spirit energy (shen) strategically 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.

(No Requirement).

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!

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."

An Invitation To Thinking and Acting Strategically
July 8-10, 2022
At: Shambhala 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


Shambhala Mountain Center

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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

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