Board Members

Peter Crimmin: President, Director

2020 is my 11th year as a Dharmawheels pilgrim. (Some people have participated for 18 years!)

The Board meets 6 times/year for group meditations and business… all conducted via video chat. For the actual pilgrimages, I traveling from the east coast to NorCal.

How did I get here? I came for the idea of mixing Buddhism with bicycles, returned for friendship, and stayed to offer service.

Brian Kruse:  Vice President, Website

I found the BBP ride back in 2015 when I first began cycling again since I was a teenager. The distance scared me as I hadn’t rode that far yet, so my partner and I decided we’d like to volunteer first to get a look at the process. WOW, what I good idea that was. We really enjoyed the vibe, the people and the theme of the ride (which is set with intention each year). In fact, I still have the theme stickers that were handed out to everyone as a reminder by putting on their bikes and in my case my car. It was “contentment and gratitude”. In 2016 the Dharmawheels board asked for interest and I jumped at the chance to help. I will look forward to this ride as long as I can as the group is such a kind and loving one. And I come all the way from Portland, OR!

Andrew Hillman: Director, 2019 Volunteer Coordinator

I stumbled across a flyer for the Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage at Eugene Cash’s Sunday Night Meditation in 2007. I thought, “Fantastic! This combines two of my passions.”  Been back every year since. I know the event itself is only one weekend but I carry it with me throughout the entire year. In the middle of Winter I’m thinking, “I need to do my at least 70 miles every week” to maintain my fitness for the Pilgrimage in September. I love the Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage.

Stephen Altman: Director

We can ride so long as the Tottenham Spurs aren’t on the telly.

I have ridden the BBP for several years, and previously volunteered as a Rest Stop and Bus Coordinator. I came across the Pilgrimage while visiting Spirit Rock but did not believe I was able to complete the course at that time, having bicycled mostly as a commuter. I waited until the following year to ride my first pilgrimage when temperatures reached 110 degrees. Since that time I have embraced cycling as a recreational passion, on the road, in the mountains and for urban travel.
I encourage anyone to participate in any small or large way that they feel moved to, whether it would be as a volunteer or rider for part of or the whole route. See you on the road!

Scott Green: Director, Spiritual Committee, 2020 ride coordinator

Dog gone, this is fun

I was first introduced to mindful cycling through the Hazon Environmental ride. A few years later I had the good fortune to join the Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage’s to Alokha Vihara and then then along the classic route to Abhayargiri. Both rides were truly transformative and inspiring. I am humbled to be on the Dharma Wheels Board and look forward to serving our community. I love the Dharma and am delighted to explore its expression through the path of cycling.

Clay Smith: Director

Commuting is pilgrimage!

The first year on BBP I biked the first day then volunteered the second day.  While I like biking, it was definitely more fun to volunteer.  The following year I led the rest stop teams.  It was delightfully challenging and really look forward to doing it again and even better than the year before.  Looking to improve the website too so we can keep BBP going for another 10 years.

Lene Vinding: Director, Treasurer

Pete and Lene on the gear truck

I had heard of the Dharmawheels ride for many years, living in Ukiah and riding recreationally. As timing would have it, I could never work out riding or volunteering, until now. When I saw the call for Treasurer, I was hoping this would be the answer to being in service with something I wholeheartedly wanted to support. I’ve loved the idea from afar, and am excited to get to experience it. Looking forward to serving on the board as the treasurer and finally riding the two-day pilgrimage this year! 

Peter Gang: Director, coordinator of Zero-Waste initiative

Mt Tamalpais – climbing the 7 sisters

I have long sought out endorphin-enhancing activities like distance running and biking as a means toward stillness. I have participated five times in the pop-up sangha that is the Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage — three years as a rider and two years (I think!) as a route-marking and food prep volunteer. I joined the Board last year and made good on my threat to move us in the direction of zero waste. This entire ephemeral Dharmawheels/BBP community brings me great and lasting delight.

Yanli Wang: Director

Full touring gear

Similar to most of us, Dharma practice and cycling are both my passions. I discovered Dharmawheels in 2018, but wasn’t able to join, as I was on my own bicycle pilgrimage from Vancouver BC to San Francisco CA. Early 2019, I heard that Dharmawheels needed help. I applied without a second thought. What could be better to contribute my time and energy to such an amazing organization! And here I am! As I had not participated a pilgrimage before, I mainly observed the preparation, and volunteered for the 2019 pilgrimage. It was such a nourishing experience that continues to warm me, inspire me, and ground me. I am looking forward to the many years to come! In addition, my Dharma practice also just entered a new phase. I am now a resident volunteer at Insight Retreat Center, Santa Cruz. I am excited to meet you in some of the 2020 pilgrimages!

Abhishek Nath: Director

I did my first pilgrimage in 2012. Being one of the first longer rides I had attempted, the mileage felt daunting at first. As the ride went on though the sweetness of the community and the serenity of the monks shone through. The experience remains a warm light in my memory, re-kindled year upon year =)

One of my favorite memories in particular is of the song we were taught in the city of ten thousand Buddhas:

“I have too much,
I am grateful,
Share the blessing,
Hallelujah.
May all be blessed,
May all things flourish,
May all awaken,
Bodhi swaha.”