grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate.

All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.

Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage: September 29-30, 2012


All user accounts from the old DharmaWheels web site, created on or before August 21, 2012 at 11:00am, are not available.  We apologize for the inconvenience but we ask that you please create a new account on this, our newwebsite.    Thank you.

  • Volunteer Registration….Open
  • Rider Registration……….Open
  • Food Donations………….Open
  • Donating Dana……………Open

Please familiarize yourself with our new website and when you’re ready, click here to start registering.

In its 11th consecutive year, the Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage (BBP) is a two day 140-mile ride starting from Spirit Rock in Woodacre (Marin County), California. We bicycle North stopping for food, Dharma talks and meditation at Buddhist monasteries along the way, camp one night in Cloverdale, and end the ride at Abhayagiri Monastery, near Ukiah, in Redwood Valley.

Financial dana helps sustain the Pilgrimage each year as logistical costs are underwritten. In addition, each year we have been able to provide generous donations to our friends at Abhayagiri, City of 10,000 Buddhas, Sae Taw Win, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center which helps sustain their community and our ability to return.

The Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage is made possible entirely through a volunteer effort and your generous dana.  If you have not already done so, please take a moment to consider offering financial dana now.

The BBP Miracle

The miracle of the pilgrimage is that every cost, every logistical detail is met through acts of generosity. For each BBP, a large group of coordinators and volunteers, cyclists, cooks, and various support teams, join in this annual practice of Pilgrimage. It is spirit, love, energy and right action (and of course a lot of work) that makes this event a miracle — the miracle of generosity.

Will you join us?

We are still seeking several key coordinator roles that need to be filled. In total, the BBP needs around 40+ volunteers who:

  • Place route markers to help you find your way,
  • Pack the truck with your luggage and transport it along the route,
  • Kitchen staff that wash, slice, dice, boil, bake and cook our food,
  • Rest stop teams that setup and break down stops and offer cheer and sustenance,
  • SAG teams that keep you safe on the road and pick you up when in need,
  • Volunteer coordinators who assign volunteers with teams and align volunteer cars with drivers to haul people and goods along the way,
  • clean up teams; check-in teams; and a variety of other functions all covered by volunteers.

We can do it again this year but we need your help. Click on Registration/Volunteer from the top menu bar.

With Metta,

The DharmaWheels Foundation (Offering the Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrim