Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage
September 21/22, 2024

The BBP is a 2-day, 140 mile tour of spiritual sites north of San Francisco. It’s a unique adventure through some of the most beautiful bicycling country in America across the Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

Participants offer food, supplies, service, monetary donations, and spiritual friendship for our journeys.  There are no additional fees. You can divide time riding and volunteering. We welcome all religions and non-religions. 

Registration is limited to 100 volunteers and riders!

Join us in 2024 for a year of joy, a cycle of sympathetic appreciation.  

DharmaWheels started in 2002. Our events are unusual. We offer a rolling community traveling to spiritual destinations. It’s an experience you won’t find anywhere else. A journey like you’ve never experienced. Layers of spiritual appreciation that begin in winter, develop in spring, fortify 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.

✅ June 29, 2024: Berkeley and Oakland Hills

We’re in the East Bay to climbs some hills and enjoy beautiful views!

Distance: 18 or 36 miles
Elevation gains: 2,039′ or 3,956’
Total Time: approximately +/- 2.25 hrs (shorter option) and +/- 4.25 hrs (longer
option). Time depends on pace and includes stops.

Shorter ride: Berkeley and Oakland Hills (short) (Ride with GPS map). Starting
at N Berkeley BART, we’ll take Hearst and Spruce to Wildcat Canyon, climb
South Park, connect to Grizzly Peak, descend Claremont, and return to start.

Longer ride: Berkeley and Oakland Hills (long) (Ride with GPS map). Basically
same as above, but we will continue on Grizzly Peak to Skyline and then
Pinehurst. Stop at the Canyon PO for a break, then return via same route
except we will descend Centennial, and return to start.

Meet at North Berkeley BART
Meet time: 8:45
Roll: 09:00 am sharp
Parking: at BART for a fee or street parking in neighborhood

This is a friendly, no-drop, easy-pace ride. No registration — just “Show and Go.” Riders are required to sign a Waiver of Liability that will be available the day of the ride from the lead. The ride is self-supported, so please bring your
own fluids, food, and fuel. We ask that all riders wear a helmet and carry ID.

For full schedule, see 2024-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