Reflections

These posts reflect the generosity and gratefulness of the pilgrims who have shared the rides in the past few years.


Turning our Wheels for the Dharma v7

 (Posted: October 2, 2015) 

Well, the dust has settled (a little), everyone is home safe and – wonder of wonders! – it decided to rain. I think what this means is the 2015 Buddhist Bike Pilgrimage (the 14th annual!) is over. Thank you all so much for your wholehearted and spirited participation. Every one of you – even the ones who, for one reason or another had to sit this one out – gave their all to make it a memorable and rewarding experience for everyone.

Contentment and Gratitude fill the skies and cover the great Earth.

First and foremost, we’re grateful to the Buddhist centers that generously host and support this annual event. They are all actively engaged in spreading the Dharma in this land where the need is so great, and working unstintingly to relieve the suffering of all beings. What could be more worthy of praise and support? If you are able, now would be an excellent time to visit the Dana page on the DharmaWheels site – https://www.dharmawheels.org/?page_id=1934 – and make a donation. This will ensure both that the costs of the Pilgrimage are completely covered and that more is left over to distribute to our hosts.

Hime has put together a “Lost and Found” page detailing items in both categories. If you’ve lost something on the Pilgrimage or find yourself in possession of items that, on close inspection, turn out not to be yours, this – https://www.dharmawheels.org/?page_id=3905 – is where to set it right.

Even though it’s a year away, it’s not too soon to start thinking about next year’s Pilgrimage. Perhaps, you enjoyed riding or volunteering this year and it occurred to you that it might be fun to dig in a little deeper. We are always looking for people who wish to be Coordinators and if you think this might be you then please let us know. You can always change your mind, of course. Equally, the DharmaWheels Board has a few slots open and if you have some experience and interest in participating at this level then let us know as well. In either case you can contact me –bbp.ride.coordinator@gmail.com – and I’ll pass along the message.

We love to get feedback on how things went for you and have put up a survey for this purpose. Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MSKLHVQ and let us know what you think.

If you have photos you’d like to share from the 2015 BBP, please contact Brian.

Finally, as Ride Coordinator I’ve tried my best for two years to carry forward this marvelous event. It has been a gift and an honor and I know that I’ve been unworthy of it. I’ve made so many mistakes that I can’t keep track of the ones I know about, not to mention the ones I’m not even aware of. I can only ask your forgiveness and understanding, and vow to do better.

10,000 thanks to all,

Zachary, (Ride Coordinator)


 (Posted: November 21, 2014)

Greetings, 2014 Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrims!

How fitting that, in the week of Thanksgiving, we’re able to share such abundantly good news with you. Thanks to your gifts of in-kind and financial generosity, the 2014 BBP collected dana totaling $5000, after expenses.

The Dharmawheels Foundation is sending a $1,000 check to each of the five spiritual centers: Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Sae Taw Win II, City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Aloka Vihara and Abhayagiri Monastery.*

Our spiritual theme of “Community” continues! It is a special sangha, indeed, when people, bikes and Dharma come together!!! THANK YOU for your support and participation in this event.

We hope to have you with us on the journey, again, next year. Please recall, we are looking for help. If you are interested in serving in a Coordinator position, or shadowing a current Coordinator (to learn the ropes for 2016), please click here to email Lauren Van Ham, DharmaWheels President.

AND…Please mark your calendars: September 26 & 27, 2015.  Registration will open (approximately) in early August.

With Every Good Wish to you this season and in the New Year!
Happy Riding,

The DharmaWheels Foundation Board Members:
Tracy Dellavalle     Hime Levine     Paul Ries     Zachary Smith     Lauren Van Ham

 


(Posted: October 3, 2014 after the BBP Ride)

I think it must be true that the future Buddha is somewhere, very ready … the Buddha will appear not as a person but as sangha, as community.

 – Thich Nhat Hanh

 Greetings Pilgrims!

How has your week been?  It is our hope that you have felt the “life-line” of Community each day since we parted ways on Sunday; it has been SO sweet to read the tidbits a number of you have shared with your “reply all” messages this week.  :)  Each one of you helped to create another Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage – Volunteers, Riders, Coordinators, Monasteries, Board members and everyone else – and we made it safely, together.

Pilgrims, we hope you enjoyed the ride, the weather, the talks, the food, the support, the Dharma, the love, the generosity, the smiles, the hugs and everything else.

Cultivate Community…and, enjoy your magical gift of life.

Special thanks again to the 2014 team of Coordinators (and of course our Volunteers)

  • BBP Ride Coordinator:     Zachary Smith
  • Volunteer Coordinator:     Peter Crimmin
  • Kitchen Coordinator:     Kevin Kienast
  • RideShare Coordinator:      Phil Wiegand
  • Rest Stop Coordinator:     Scott Boaltinghouse
  • SAG/Sweep Coordinator:     David Harcos
  • Gear Truck Coordinator:     John Berry
  • Spiritual Theme Coordinator:     Dennis Crean
  • Check-In Coordinator:      Tracy Dellavalle

May these next months gift you with great riding!  We hope to see you on some of our training rides along the way!  Stay tuned!

With love and a deep bow to each of you,

The DharmaWheels Board


 (Posted: December 17, 2013 after the 2013 BBP Ride)

Greetings, 2013 Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrims!

How fitting that, just after Thanksgiving, I’m able to share such abundantly good news with you: this year’s BBP collected a greater sum of dana than in any years’ previous. Perhaps it was our theme and practice this year of Generosity that so buoyed our efforts? Thanks to your generosity, the 2013 BBP collected dana totaling $7500, after expenses.

What generosity, indeed! The Dharmawheels Foundation will be distributing this money to each of the five spiritual centers: Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Sae Taw Win II, City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Aloka Vihara and Abhayagiri Monastery (Dharmawheels’ financial statements will be available to anyone, upon request at the end of the year).

As a member of the DharmaWheels Board, as this year’s Ride Coordinator, and as a fellow pilgrim with each one of you, I feel happy, grateful and strengthened by all that happens when people, bikes and Dharma come together!!! THANK YOU for your support and participation in this event.

We hope to have you with us on the journey, again, next year, and we need some help. If you are interested in serving in a Coordinator position, or shadowing a current Coordinator (to learn the ropes for 2015), please email me at: Lauren VanHam

AND…Please mark your calendars: September 27 & 28, 2014. Registration will open (approximately) mid-to-late July for Volunteers and early August for Cyclists.

With Every Good Wish to you this season and in the New Year!

Happy Riding,

The DharmaWheels Foundation Board Members:

Tracy Dellavalle, Hime Levine, Paul Ries, Lauren Van Ham, Bill Weber & Franklyn Wu