Buddhist Bike Pilgrimage
September 23/24, 2023
You’re invited! Registration opens soon!
Join us for a special 2023 pilgrimage. A journey like you’ve never experienced. Layers of spiritual intention beginning in winter, developing in spring, fortifying in summer, and completing the circle in autumn.
The physical dimension. 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.
The spiritual dimension. We center on a single theme for the entire year, posting nuggets of wisdom every ride, and inviting insights from our monastic connections.
Karuna is self-compassion that extends to all beings.
Where does spiritual longing lead?
To a divine abode!
The community dimension. 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.
The service dimension. 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
🚴 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.
May 20, 2023: Pinehurst: Moraga, Orinda, hills
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the fifth Dharmawheels Community Ride of 2023. The object of our attention this month is a reprise of the Pinehurst route!
The ride starts in Orinda and rolls in relative flatness to Moraga and then climbs gently on Pinehurst Road (an area of lush ferns where dinosaurs can be seen grazing), Skyline Boulevard (with great views of the Bay and the City), and Grizzly Peak Boulevard until the 16-½ mile point where it slopes downwardly through Tilden Park and then ends, again in relative flatness, back in Orinda.
Meet near the Orinda BART Station at Peet’s Coffee in the nearby Orinda Theater Square.
Quiet sitting time: 9:45 am
Meet time: 10:00 am
Rolling at 10:15 am
Route & Elevation: Click here
Approximate finish time: 12:30
Questions? Contact Andrew at 925-255-3408
This is a friendly, no-drop, easy-pace ride. No registration — just “Show and Go.” The ride is self-supported, so please bring your own fluids and fuel.
We ask that all riders wear a helmet and carry ID.
For full schedule, see 2023-Community-Rides! We announce rides on social media a few days before events. Subscribe to get notifications!
Whatsapp – SF-Biking-Pilgrims
Facebook – DharmaWheels
Strava – Club
Celebrating 20 years of bicycle pilgrimages!
DharmaWheels started in 2002 by cyclists who wanted to ride their bikes with a few friends from San Francisco Bay Area to Abhyagiri in Mendocino County – it has grown a lot since then, you can read more about who we are here.
DharmaWheels events are unusual. We have novice, intermediate, and experienced cyclists. We have advanced spiritual practitioners mixing with people dipping their toes in the water. We offer a rolling community traveling to spiritual destinations. We charge no fees. It’s a particular flavor of experience you won’t find anywhere else.
The Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage runs on a volunteer basis. There are no salaries and no fees. Participants offer food, supplies, service, metta (loving kindness) and monetary donations for our journeys. We have almost zero expenses so nearly 100% of your dana goes to the monastic sangha.
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