Our Peer Leaders

The sangha is led by members of the community. This group of volunteers is made up of experienced practitioners who lead from the place where the path of practice touches and informs their lives.

Peer leaders offer practice and teachings through AIMC’s weekly scheduled events, including gatherings each Thursday evening, practice on Monday evenings and weekday mornings, and a monthly Sunday half-day practice session. All members of the community are welcome to meet with the Thursday Committee chairs to explore participation as peer leaders for Thursday evenings.

Brian Lesage
Brian LesageConsulting Teacher
Brian Lesage has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1988 and has taught meditation since 2000. He has studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism. He was ordained in the Rinzai Zen tradition in 1996. His training in vipassana meditation includes doing extended meditation retreats in Myanmar (Burma), Nepal and India as well as numerous retreats in the US. He leads retreats and teaches meditation courses nationwide. Brian also has a private practice in Somatic Experiencing, which is a naturalistic approach to healing trauma. You can also visit his website for Somatic Experiencing at liberatingawareness.com.

The practice of Dana (generosity) lies at the heart of Buddhism.

Generosity strengthens relationship and reciprocity, reflecting a deep understanding of interconnectedness and freedom from craving. We welcome donations at events and here on our website.

“For the awakening of the heart, conditions are always good enough.”

- Ajahn Sumedo