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Zhuge Liang at Karmê Chöling – Timeless Teachings on How to Lead Strategically

Why Study Strategic Leadership and Zhuge Liang Now?

These are challenging times for everyone, and this is especially true for those who find themselves as influencers of people and in positions of leadership. How can we lead in such a time?   

Examples of non-virtuous leadership flood social media and mainstream media headlines, but how do we meet society’s challenges through virtuous leadership?   

In the workplace, as advisors, partners, and parents, have you met challenges?

Who Is Zhuge Liang? 

Zhuge Liang is one of the world’s greatest military strategists and a renowned statesperson. Diplomat, covert operator and tactician, he advised rulers, military commanders, and commercial leaders in third century China. A central and unique teaching of Zhuge Liang is that leaders need to be strategists steeped in virtue as well as pragmatics in order to have the greatest long-term impact.

To embody virtue, our consciousness must be vast and bright. A vast and bright consciousness is founded on humility…If humility is the foundation of a vast consciousness, brightness is its essence. – Eva Wong

Zhuge Liang’s wisdom and practical teachings are timeless, inspiring, and deeply relevant for anyone wanting to lead in a truly effective way. Artful and strategic leadership begins with learning first how to “be.” As Zhuge Liang reflected, leadership must be grounded in self-knowledge and virtue. then, one learns how to “do.” 

What Does Zhuge Liang Have to Teach Us? 

A vast and bright mind is required to illuminate vision. … It is only through simplicity and humility that vision can be illuminated. It is only through stillness and inner peace that we can have a vast view.  – Zhuge Liang

Zhuge Liang teaches us to lead with humbleness, simplicity, and a vast mind. Beginning with self-cultivation, we can learn how to be effective. This is the “bright path.” From the essential ground of self-knowledge – starting with our own heart and mind, virtue, and always learning, we learn to observe the natural world and how to relate with others and the world. Building on this understanding and ground, we discover the principles of being a leader and establishing authentic and artful leadership. The result is being a strategic leader in all of our capacities who balances vision and effective action for the benefit of humanity. 

Learning and applying these teachings gives us the ability to balance and effectively apply strategy and tactics. Alongside and sharing with others, we can deepen our understanding, hone our skills, and put these teachings into practice in our lives, work, and society.

All programs on the teachings of Zhuge Liang are led by or have been developed in collaboration with the renowned author and expert Dr. Eva Wong, and are based on her book: A Course on Mastering the Art of Leadership and Strategy – Based on the Writings of Zhuge Liang. This course material will be available in a deeper and more extensive study of Zhuge Liang with Eva Wong in 2023.

Zhuge Liang Programs

 How to Lead Strategically – Discovering and Deepening with Zhuge Liang

May 7 – July 9 (bimonthly) 

A nine-week on-demand, online exploration to the teachings of Zhuge Liang through video teachings and six live sessions with the teachers, Suzann Duquette and Jane Arthur
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Upcoming Zhuge Liang Programs at Karmê Chöling with Dr. Eva Wong 

(The following in-person programs depend on the status of the Covid pandemic.)

Virtue, Power, and Effectiveness with Dr. Eva Wong-  TBD 

An introduction to the art and skill of balancing virtue and power that is the foundation of effective action. This program is the first of its kind. There are no prerequisites.

Being Strategic in the Real World – A Zhuge Liang Program   July 14-16, 2023   

The Meditator as Strategist   July 16-19, 2023    

The Art of Strategic Cooperation and Team Building – A Zhuge Liang Program     July 19-21, 2023   

 

Teachers

About Dr. Eva Wong

Dr. Eva Wong is a translator of Chinese classics of strategy and a strategy consultant for business corporations, political leaders, and social movements. She is the author of How to Win – 36 Ancient Strategies for Success” as well as 15 other books on the Taoist practical art such as health practices, meditation, and divination. She owns and operates Ghost Valley Strategy Consultants. You can find her courses on strategy and tactics listed on the website www.limitlessgate.com 

About Suzann Duquette

Suzann has studied Zhuge Liang and strategic leadership with Dr. Eva Wong since 2009. She sees these ancient teachings as resonating deeply with the needs and issues leaders face now. She also has studied The Art of War by Sun Tzu since the 1980s, and has taught widely on this text. A student in Shambhala for 45 years, Suzann has served as a leader in governance, education, and protection service. Previously a Co-director and Director of Karmê Chöling Shambhala Meditation Center, she is now the center’s senior teacher. Suzann is also an instructor of Daoist-Qigong in the lineages of Eva Wong and a senior instructor of Mudra Space Awareness, as presented by Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. Through body disciplines and awareness practices, she emphasizes embodiment in all of her teaching.

About Jane Arthur

Jane has studied the teachings of Zhuge Liang and strategic leadership with Dr. Eva Wong since 2009. She has held many leadership positions throughout her varied career including her time as a nurse and an attorney. She has served in the United States Air Force and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Northern Mariana Islands. More recently, she has held a variety of leadership positions in Shambhala, including as the Director of Karmê Chöling. She has also taught in Europe and North America on the unique teachings on leadership offered within Shambhala. Outside of her work in Shambhala, she was the Director of the Vermont Leadership Institute and Network at the Snelling Center for Government which trains citizen leaders for the state of Vermont. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and serves on several other boards in her community. She loves working with these teachings and has found them to be uniquely potent and perfectly suited for this time.