Our Teachers

Ken KesselKen Kessel, JDPSN, Guiding Teacher of the New Haven Zen Center, received inka in April 1996. He has studied with Zen Master Seung Sahn since 1975. He has an MSW degree and has been practicing as a psychotherapist since 1983. He lives in New Jersey. He has been leading retreats at Trinity College for several years.

 

Paul BloomPaul Bloom is a Senior Dharma Teacher at the New Haven Zen Center. Paul has practiced meditation since 1975. In 1994, Zen Master Seung Sahn authorized him as a Senior Dharma Teacher. Paul, who lives in New Haven with his wife, Millie Grenough, a life coach, author and motivational expert. graduated from Brandeis and Yale and is the principal of the furniture and interior design firm Bloom Design LLC. He is a poet, musician, photographer.

 

Garret CondonGarret Condon (MA 1987), co-coordinator of the Trinity Zen Group, helped found the group in 1997. He is a longtime member and director of the New Haven Zen Center. He became a Dharma Teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen in 1997. He is Director of System Communications at Hartford HealthCare, Connecticut’s leading integrated health care system. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Providence College, an M.A. in English from Trinity College and an MPH from University of Connecticut. He lives in West Hartford.

 

John EliasJohn Elias, co-coordinator of the Trinity Zen Group, helped found the group in 1997. He is a longtime member of the New Haven Zen Center and became a Dharma Teacher in 2004. John, a Vietnam War veteran, is a computer engineer. He and his wife live in Plainville

 

Alexander SalvatoAlexander Salvato (2010), co-ordinator of the Trinity Zen Group. A law student in New Haven, he was previously the student coordinator TZG. He has taken Five Precepts in the Kwan Um School of Zen.