Tom Tillemans

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Tom. J. F. Tillemans (born Haarlem, December 21, 1950) is a Dutch-Canadian Buddhologist, Indologist and Tibetologist. From 1992 until 2010, he was a Professor of Buddhology at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. From 2010 until 2019, he was the Editor-in-Chief for the 84000 translation project.

Tom Tillemans received his bachelor's degree at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His received his master's degree, in Sanskrit, Chinese and philosophy, at the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva and his doctorate in Buddhist Studies in Lausanne.

After his studies he did research at Hiroshima University in Japan and was invited to several universities as a visiting professor. His research focused on Indian and Tibetan Buddhist logic and epistemology, Madhyamaka philosophy, indigenous Tibetan literature, and Tibetan grammar and poetry.



  • Tillemans, T.J.F. (1989) Agents and actions in classical Tibetan: The indigenous grammarians on bdag and gzhan and bya byed las gsum. Arbeitskreis für Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien, Universiteit Wenen
  • Tillemans, T.J.F. & Nag-dbang-bstan-dar (1993). Persons of Authority: The Ston Pa Tshad - A Tibetan Work on the Central Religious Questions in Buddhist Epistemology. Coronet Books Inc, ISBN 978-3-515-05900-8
  • Tillemans, T.J.F. (1999). Scripture, Logic, Language: Volume I: Essays on Dharmakirti and His Tibetan Successors Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism'. Wisdom Publications, ISBN 978-0-86171-156-7
  • Tillemans, T.J.F. (2008). Materials for the Study of Aryadeva, Dharmapala and Chandrakirti. Motilal Banarsidass, India ISBN 978-81-208-3112-4
  • Dharmakīrti’s Pramāṇavārttika. An annotated translation of the fourth chapter (parārthānumāna). Volume 1 (k. 1-148). Verlag der Oesterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna 2000.
  • Tillemans, Tom J.F. (2016). How Do Madhyamikas Think? Wisdom Publications.



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