Adele Tomlin

Curriculum Vitae


Adele is an independent philosophy scholar, writer, and Dharma translator. She has worked as a philosophy lecturer to undergraduates at both King's College and the University of Hertfordshire and has contributed to and co-edited a philosophy book with the renowned US Professor, Richard Shusterman, 'Aesthetic Experience' (Routledge, 2007) .  She is also a qualified yoga teacher, having completed her yoga teacher training certificate in Northern India. She has a Bachelor's degree in Law, qualified barrister, a Master's degree in Philosophy from King's College, University of London (2012) and a Master's degree in Tibetan Buddhist Studies from the University of Hamburg. Her Master's thesis was recently published as a book, Taranatha's Commentary on the Heart Sutra (LTWA, 2017).  As well as a Jonang text on the Kalacakra Preliminaries, The Chariot that Transports to the Four Kayas by Bamda Gelek Gyatso (LTWA, 2019). She has recently been working on a Shentong commentary on the Third Karmapa's Mahamudra Aspiration Prayer by HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and a translation project on the Innate Kalacakra, partly funded by the Khyentse Foundation's Ashoka Grant.

Adele is a practitioner of mainly the Karma Kagyu lineage after taking refuge in a private audience with HH the 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, in Dharamsala, India in May 2005. Other lamas she has taken teachings and empowerments from include, Thrangu Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, HH Sakya Trizin, HH the Dalai Lama and more. Her approach to study and translation is non-sectarian. She has studied with and translated texts from all the lineages, in particular, Kagyu, Nyingma and Jonang. For more details of Adele's work and research see her website:

With HH the 17th Karmapa in Dharamsala, India (2007)

Areas of Specialisation

Ethics, Emotions, Aesthetics, Indian/Eastern Philosophy (Vedanta and Buddhism), Theories of Self, Theories of Emptiness, Kalacakra, Vajrayana, Tantra.

Areas of Competence

Epistemology, Theories of Perception



- Aesthetic Experience, Richard Shusterman and Adele Tomlin (eds.) (Routledge, 2007).

-Taranatha's Commentary on the Heart Sutra (LTWA, 2017).

-The Chariot that Transports to the Four Kayas by Bamda Gelek Gyatso (LTWA 2019).

-Music of the Ultimate Sphere by the 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche (forthcoming).


- 'Contemplating the Undefinable',  Aesthetic Experience, Richard Shusterman and Adele Tomlin (eds.) (Routledge, 2007).

-Review article of 'Gut Reactions: A Perceptual Theory of the Emotions' (2004) by Jesse Prinz in Metapsychology Online.

-Review article of 'Revealing Art' (2004) by Matthew Kieran and 'Re-thinking Aesthetics: Rogue Essays on Aesthetics and the Arts' (2004) by Arnold Berleant in Journal of Applied Philosophy.

- Review article of 'The Secret Power of Beauty' (2004) by John Armstrong in Journal of Applied Philosophy (2005, Vol. 21 (3)).

Review article of 'Aesthetics and Subjectivity: from Kant to Nietzsche' (2003) by Andrew Bowie in Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, vol. 5, no. 5 (April 2004)

- Review article of 'Evolutionary Aesthetics' (2003) ed. Voland and Grammer, in Human Nature Review 2003 Vol.3

- Review article of 'Gender and Aesthetics' (2004) ed. Carolyn Korsmeyer in Feminist and Women's Studies Association Newsletter (No.45, August 2004).


-'Concern without Action or Discussion without Engagement?: The Moral Value of Narratives' presented at the Royal Institute of Philosophy Annual Conference on 'Narrative and Understanding Persons', at the University of Hertfordshire 12-14 July 2005. Selected by review. For more info click here

-'Responsibility for Moral Ignorance' presented on 21st November 2004 at 'Virtue Epistemology' conference at Stirling University. Selected by review. For more info about the conference click

-'Moral Responsibility for Immoral Beliefs' presented on 24 September 2004 at Annual Conference on Social and Political Thought, Sussex University.


MA Tibetan Buddhist Studies, University of Hamburg

Dissertation on 'Taranatha's Commentary on the Heart Sutra' received a First Class result. Supervisor: Prof. Dorji Wangchuk.

MA Philosophy King’s College, London 
Dissertation in Ethics on 'Definitions of Happiness' received a Distinction mark and special commendation from external examiner (Prof. Tom Sorell). Supervisor: Dr. Peter Goldie

Bar Finals, Inns of Court School of Law, London

LLB (Hons) Law, University of Warwick

Teaching English as a Foreign Language TEFL (Cambridge)


Other interests and activities 

Music (classically trained piano)

Yoga (qualified yoga teacher  - holder of British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Certificate and Yoga Siromani teaching certificate from the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy, Rishikesh, India)

Voluntary work with refugees in India and Nepal and befriending and assisting elderly people who are isolated and vulnerable in London.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language - qualified TEFL teacher with over four years professional teaching experience to adults and teenagers in the UK and Germany.