Greetings to All:

Attention All Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage Participants


Join us for a Bike Blessing and an urgent DharmaWheels Community Meeting

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Status of the 2014 Pilgrimage 

To date, our attempts to recruit the needed Coordinators and Volunteers for the 2014 Pilgrimage (Sept 27-28) have been unsuccessful.  This invitation is our last effort from the Board of Directors to enlist willing volunteers to help ensure a 2014 BBP as we’ve known it.  Without the needed Coordinators, we will let this year rest and see what happens going forward.

On May 3rd, Berkeley will celebrate its 3rd Annual Blessing of Bicycles.  It is a wonderfully diverse, interfaith, and brief ceremony where anyone and everyone is invited to kick-off a new cycling season by bringing their bike to be blessed by interfaith clergy and spiritual teachers.  The ceremony will happen at the fountain in MLK Civic Center Park, located in Downtown Berkeley (2 blocks from Downtown Berkeley BART, right by the Saturday Farmer’s Market).  The Bike Blessing is from 1:00pm to 1:30pm. (Riders and volunteers are welcomed).

DharmaWheels will be participating in the Blessing of Bikes.  Wouldn’t it be grand to have our greater sangha of pedaling and non-pedaling pilgrims there?  Please attend!  Then, immediately after the blessing, we will gather in the park for a Dharmawheels Community Meeting, from 1:45pm to 2:30pm.  Coordinators from previous years will be present to talk with and support those ready to take on one of the needed Coordinator positions.  All interested community members should attend this meeting with the intent of:

  1. Naming the needed BBP Coordinators from among the group, or
  2. Volunteering to help the DharmaWheels Board in developing 1 to 3 alternate group rides to happen instead of the pilgrimage.

 As a reminder, the following Coordinators are needed:

  •  Main Ride Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Rest Stop Coordinator
  • RideShare and Bus Coordinator
  • Gear Truck Coordinator
  • Monastic Coordinator
  • SAG Coordinator
  • Portable toilets Coordinator

If enough individuals are interested, there will be a short group ride that morning (20-30 miles), with lunch at the Berkeley Farmer’s Market before the Blessing at 1:00pm, and the meeting at 1:45pm.  To RSVP (or to get more information), please click HERE to contact Lauren Van Ham, Director & President.  Please include in your message if you would like to join us in a group ride that morning before the Bike Blessing and Community Meeting.

We hope to see you on May 3rd

Thank you,

The DharmaWheels Foundation Board Members:  Tracy Dellavalle, Hime Levine, Paul Ries, Lauren Van Ham, Bill Weber, Zachary Smith & Paul Grantham