I ride a bicycle — for transportation and for joy.
I'm a Buddhist.
Aren't those really the same thing?
Seems that way to me. After all, the Buddha turned the wheel of
the dharma; how stoked would he have been about a two-
wheeler? Buddhists today realize that biking is better for you,
better for other people, and better for the environment.
Thinking about all of this, I made this shirt.
Yes, it's a bad pun: mahayana is the great vehicle
that carries us all to enlightenment. Want one? Let me know.
So, is biking really an important part of this complete Buddhist practice?
Biking is far less dangerous to
others than driving. Motor vehicle accidents are the
first cause of death for Americans aged about 1 to 30. (First
Biking in this day and age is an expression of your stance
against oil wars. (There's that
first precept again.)
Fight global warming and air pollution: run on your own fuel,
whether a bagel or a banana.
Exercise is good for your body, and great for your mental
health. Think of it as of meditation (just don't get too deep
into it while riding in traffic).
Riding a bike is a goo way to build and support community. When
was the last time you ran into a friend while driving to work?
Recycling's a no-brainer. Buying a hybrid is a marginal
improvement. But bicycling and eating vegetarian will halve
your ecological footprint and greatly reduce your burden on
other people and animals.
...free people must travel the road to productive social
relations at the speed of a bicycle. — Ivan Illich