Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage
September 21/22, 2024

DharmaWheels started in 2002. Our events are unusual. We offer a rolling community traveling to spiritual destinations. We work on a volunteer basis. There are no salaries and no fees. Participants offer food, supplies, service, monetary donations, and spiritual friendship for our journeys.  It’s an experience you won’t find anywhere else. 

Join us in 2024 for a year of joy. A cycle of sympathetic appreciation. A journey like you’ve never experienced. Layers of spiritual appreciation that begins in winter, develops in spring, fortifies in summer, and completes in autumn. 

🚴 Upcoming rides

Community rides are local group rides announced monthly. You can organize your own rides or join rides organized by others. See community page for more.

✅ April 28, 2024: Peninsula: IMC meditation and Kings Mtn

Distance: 30 miles (there’s an option for a shorter ride)
Elevation gain: 3,100′
Total Time: to be determined

Description: Starts and ends at Insight Meditation Center (IMC). Likely route is from Redwood City to Woodside, climbing the beautiful Kings Mountain Road, continuing on Skyline Blvd, descending La Honda Road, and returning.

Meet: 108 Birch St, Redwood City, CA 94062

Meet time: 9:25am for optional meditation and dharma talk by Gil Fronsdal
Ride time: 10:45am

Route on Strava: route will be posted soon

This is a friendly, no-drop ride. There is no registration — just “Show and Go.” Riders must sign a Waiver of Liability (available at the ride). The ride is self-supported, so please bring your own fluids and fuel. Wear a helmet and carry ID. Check the weather forecast and monitor announcements on the WhatsApp channel.

Questions? Email John Ungvarsky, the ride leader.

For full schedule, see 2023-Community-Rides! We announce rides on social media a few days before events. Subscribe to get notifications!

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20+ Years of Bicycle Pilgrimages

DharmaWheels was created by cyclists who wanted to ride their bikes with a few friends from San Francisco Bay Area to Abhayagiri in Mendocino County – it has grown a lot since then, you can read more about who we are here.

We are a rolling community of novice, intermediate, and experienced cyclists. Some are advanced spiritual practitioners, and others are dipping their toes in the water for the first time. We travel to spiritual destinations, supporting ourselves without fees. After paying fixed operational costs, 100% of your gifts go to the monastic sangha.

A Multi-Dimensional Experience!

Physical. Build fitness and meet other pilgrims on monthly rides. Completing a 10 or 20 mile ride today motivates a longer distance tomorrow. Set your sights on the two-day pilgrimage in September!

A bicycle ride is a meditation. 
Pedal the wheel of dharma.
The seemingly impossible is within reach.

Spiritual. We center on a single theme for the entire year, posting nuggets of wisdom every ride, and inviting insights from our monastic connections.

Mudita is joy in the happiness of oneself and others extending to all beings. 
Where does spiritual longing lead? 
To a divine abode!

Community. Discover friendly and generous people who share an interest in bicycles and buddhism. All are welcome regardless of beliefs.

We support each other. 
Whether it’s repairing a flat tire, offering transportation,
or bringing extra food to share. 

Service. Many participants focus on volunteer service. You do not need to be a cyclist to join DharmaWheels. Our volunteers hold the community together. 

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. 
I awoke and saw that life was service. 
I acted and behold, service was joy.      – Tagore