Being Aware Joyfully

Nicholas Coleman is a minor mystic and a Master-Teacher

He has studied the World's religions and lived the spiritual life for fifty years. Born into an Irish Catholic family in the early 1950s, he took initiation in Tibetan Buddhism in his mid-20s.

Nicholas received his PhD in philosophy of religion from the University of Cambridge in 1990 for original research into the nature of spiritual reality and the mind of God. In 1991—92, Dr Coleman was Golda Meir Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Philosophy Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Upon returning to Australia, he worked as Consultant Writer for the Education Department, and as Head of Religious Education at various private schools in Melbourne. During that period, his honorary posts included:

  • International Interfaith Coordinator of Unity-in-Diversity Inc
  • Vice-President of the Victorian Association for Religious Education
  • Deputy Director of The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne, which was 2018 Winner of the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize.
Nicholas has presented papers on topics in philosophy, religion, spirituality and education at conferences in Australia, Indonesia and India. He has told the story of his spiritual life-journey in From Dust to God (forthcoming).

Other books by Dr Coleman on philosophy and World Religion studies include Studies of Religion (2006) Science Press, The Worlds of Religion (1999) McGraw-Hill, The Journey of the Soul (1996) Leftbank and Perennial Philosophy today (1994) Leftbank.

One of his current writing projects is a collaborative work (with Jonathon Weidenbaum) on the enduring problem of Unity: the Many and the One. The Authors debate the transcendent unity of religions and the mystical convergence of All into One, which Coleman affirms and Weidenbaum denies. For Nicholas, the Many is composed of the One; for Jonathon, the Many is opposed to the One.

Dr Coleman began leading Spiritual Experience Workshops in 1996. He founded the School of Spiritual Studies in Melbourne in 2013, and relocated it to the Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria, when he retired at the end of 2017.