|Ven. Antonio Satta was born in Italy in 1956. He was first introduced to Tibetan Buddhism at Lama Tsong Khapa Institute, Italy. After meeting Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Italy, he took novice ordination in 1979 and then full ordination from HHDL in 1981. Ven. Antonio has received teachings from HHDL, Ling Rinpoche, Serkong Rinpoche, Song Rinpoche, Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche, Rilbur Rinpoche and various other teachers, including Geshe Jampa Lodro and Geshe Ngawang Dhargye. He also studied (including Tibetan language) for 4 years at Tharpa Choeling Switzerland with Geshe Rabten, and for 4 years at Nalanda Monastery with Geshe Jampa Techok. His main teachers are Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. In late 1981 Ven. Antonio spent a number of months in Sri Lanka at a Mahasi Sayadaw Insight Meditation Centre learning the practice of Vipassana.
Since 1991 Ven. Antonio has been living in Australia, translating and teaching at Vajrayana Institue, Sydney, teaching and tutoring for the Buddhist Study Program at Chenrezig Institute, and teaching at other FPMT centres in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and India. Over the last six years Ven. Antonio has been concentrating on trying to bring the Vipassana practice as taught in the Theravada system to westerners of Tibetan tradition.