Salvatore Celiento has a degree in Pastoral Counseling from ACU and Master degree in Counseling from Victoria University in Australia. He is an accomplished martial artist in the Japanese tradition of Ninjutsu. His other studies include the Shakuhachi bamboo flute (with Grandmaster Riley Lee), Tibetan Yoga, and Japanese brush painting. Salvatore has lectured on counselling in universities in Australia for many years and was accepted to study as a Shedra student by Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche IX in 2010. He has completed 7 years of a 10 year Shedra program, studying traditional texts from the Kagyu and Nyingma Schools of Tibetan Buddhism.