Our 2016 Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage was a great success, again!
*** Mark your calendars for our next Pilgrimage on September 23-24, 2017 ***
“And may our coming here together be of benefit to all beings everywhere.”
The Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage is run entirely on a volunteer basis. There is no set fee to join us. Instead, participants offer food, supplies, effort, volunteering, metta (loving kindness) and monetary donations for the two-day journey.
- Registration Page………..OPENING SOON!
- Volunteer Registration….CLOSED
- Rider Registration……….CLOSED
- Food & Item Donations…CLOSED
- Shuttle Ride Back to the beginning at Soul Food Farm ….CLOSED
- Donating Dana……………OPEN
[ A message from our President ]
The year 2016 has closed and 2017 is upon us. I wanted to look back at what we accomplished this year and set out our vision for next year.
This year marked the first change in the Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage route in quite a few years, and a major change as well. I am grateful to everyone who pitched in to help organize and prepare for this major undertaking, as well as everyone who had faith in our ability to get this done and joined us for this new adventure! A major Thank You! to Autumn Bernstein for stepping up and taking on our Ride Coordinator role this year. The Ride Coordinator is the linchpin that holds everything together and makes each ride a success. In the end we were able to raise enough donations to cover all of our costs as well as donate $4,000 to the centers we visited in September.
We have a small collection of photos from this years ride here: BBP 2016 Photos
This year’s ride was a chance for me personally to experience some amazing Dhamma centers for the first time and I’m glad we have been able to expand our community to include brand new sanghas. This is a maturation which I hope contributes to the diversity and continued excitement of the Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage for another 15 years!
We also received some good feedback about this year’s ride, including some improvements we can make, especially around a couple rest stop locations. The overwhelming consensus was to continue refining this route for a couple more rides before we consider alternating back to Mendocino, which leads us to 2017.
For 2017 we’re planning more good stuff! Mark your calendar for Sept. 23/24 as we will be biking to Aloka Vihara again.
We have begun reaching out to those of you who volunteered for 2017 roles as we want you to remember us and we want extra time to ensure the success of our new Board members and Coordinators. In addition you expressed interest in keeping the DharmaWheels momentum rolling throughout the year and so we are working on coordinating local day-rides led by Pilgrims throughout the year.
More to come but be sure to let us know if you’re interested in hearing more or joining us throughout the year.
In conclusion, thank you everyone for all of your help and support in making the 2016 Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage a resounding success and we’re looking forward to doing it again in 2017!
Wishing a Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!
Scott Boultinghouse & the DharmaWheels Foundation Board of Directors
(Last Year: 2016)
Welcome to the 15th annual Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage!
To mark our 15th anniversary, this year our fully supported sangha-on-wheels will explore a new route and visit new Dharma centers. The final destination of our journey will be the Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery in the Sierra foothills. The Aloka Vihara sisters (http://saranaloka.org/about/nuns-community/) are a community of bhikkhunis (fully-ordained nuns) dedicated to practicing the Buddha’s teaching in the style of the Theravada Forest Tradition. They have been active in the Bay Area community since 2009 and accompanied the Pilgrimage in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, the sisters established their new residence and training center for bhikkhunis in the Sierra foothills.
We are very excited to support the nuns of Aloka Vihara and we know you will enjoy visiting their beautiful monastery, nestled among pine forests and live oaks in the majestic Sierra Nevada.
Our pilgrimage will begin at Soul Food Farm near Fairfield, about 45 minutes northeast of Berkeley. Our day 1 route will take us along bike paths and country roads across the Sacramento Valley, with stops at Lake Solano, the US Cycling Hall of Fame, American Buddhist Seminary and the full length of the American River bike trail. We’ll bed down on the shores of Folsom Lake (Beal’s Point campground) for the night. Day 1 is ~80 flat miles, much of it on paved bike trail or quiet rural roads.
The route on day 2 takes us into the Sierra foothills, where we’ll climb through oak woodlands, pine forests and vineyards to visit Dien Nhan Monastery, through the gold rush towns of Rescue and Placerville, and end the day at Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery. Day 2 is 42 miles of alternating climbs and rolling hills.
And speaking of changes, we are pleased to announce that Autumn Bernstein is our 2016 coordinator,. As the wheel of Dharma turns, we give a deep bow of gratitude to our former ride coordinator Zachary Smith, who skillfully organized our pilgrimage for the last 2 years. And we welcome Autumn with the new energy and excitement that she brings to us.
One thing that hasn’t changed is that this event relies on the generosity and donations of everyone participating through acts of service and volunteering and by the gifts of food, gear and dana (generosity) to cover expenses, lodging and the teachings.
For 14 years this ride has happened through the efforts of an amazing team of volunteers and this year we need YOUR help! With a new route comes new logistics and new tasks, so we really hope you can pitch in to make this year’s ride a success.
We are still looking to fill a few key roles. In order for this pilgrimage to happen we need to find volunteers for the following roles:
Rest Stop Coordinator: Organize rest stop crews and scheduling
Volunteer Coordinator: Organize volunteers for check-in, campsite and ending ceremonies
Transportation Coordinator: Help organize transportation to/from the start as well as the return bus from Aloka Vihara.
Food Coordinator: Organize volunteers and food donations to provide lunch on both days, and coordinate with caterers for dinner and breakfast (some professional food handling experience preferred).
General registration will open in the near future, but we do need help in these vital roles in order to make this year’s pilgrimage a success. Please contact Autumn at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with this year’s ride!
Blessings to All,
Autumn, 2016 Ride Coordinator
and the Dharmawheels Board