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of CSL-Shanghai.

 You’re invited to co-create something that is uniquely us –
Welcome all who yearn for real spiritual community in Shanghai.

Vision Statement:

As an inclusive, loving and welcoming community we all use our unique
Divine gifts to serve each other and awaken to our inner Divine.

Mission Statement:

We further the experience of a universal spirituality that bridges cultures, nations and faiths.


As channels of abundant resources we equip each other to evolve and
thrive on our spiritual path in Shanghai.

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Centre for Spiritual Living

CSL-Shanghai is creating a community which allows people in Shanghai to connect, evolve and thrive on their spiritual path. We provide spiritual tools to help transform individual lives and make the world a better place. We believe that the universe is spiritual and has intelligence, purpose, beauty, and order. Our beliefs are in harmony with all the world’s great spiritual teachings, and we honor all paths. Whether we call it God, Spirit, Energy, or Universal Intelligence, we are ever conscious that all people, places, and things emanate from this Universal Intelligence that is within us and all around us. Where ever you are on your spiritual journey, no matter your race, religion, orientation or background, CSL – Shanghai welcomes you.

Spiritual Community

There are many words for spiritual community; one is Satsang. According to Wikipedia, Satsang is the Sanskrit word सत्सङ्ग, which means company with an assembly of persons who listen to, talk about, and assimilate the truth. This typically involves listening to or reading scriptures, reflecting on, discussing and assimilating their meaning, meditating on the source of these words, and bringing their meaning into one’s daily life. In the Buddhist tradition there is another word – Sangha . Christians sometimes use the Latin roots for “conspire” or “breathe together” – con: “with,” and spire: “breath” to represent their breathing together as the people of God. Join us in creating spiritual community.

You’re invited to co-create something that is uniquely us – Welcome all who yearn for real spiritual community in Shanghai.


Rev. Robert Applegate, Spiritual Director