Are you a Buddhist biker? Show it off!

I made a bunch of these in a single, frantic day of silkscreening, and would love to give them to similarly-minded folks.

My cost was about $6 per shirt (American Apparel, made in Los Angeles by non-sweatshop labor) plus materials. I'll happily send you one for a sawbuck. I will warn you, however, that the shirts vary: the silkscreening on some is smudged, crooked, uneven, and patchy, because I didn't really know what I was doing. (Maybe the next batch will be better.) Shirts are orange design on random colors, in a mix of sizes. Email me and let me know what size you want and I can tell you what I have.

I'm working on another design that will be much cooler. Keep in touch.

Don't get the joke? I don't blame you. Here's the explanation I wrote up to go with the shirt:

Around the first century BCE, a few hundred years after the death of the Buddha, there arose new schools of Buddhist thought. In contrast to the previous emphasis on personal enlightenment, these schools emphasized compassion, venerating the bodhisattva — a being who, although enlightened and able to enter Nirvana, remains in the world to help all other beings attain freedom from suffering. This new movement called itself the Mahayana, the "Great Vehicle", implying that it was large enough to carry everyone to enlightenment. They referred to the older schools derisively as Hinayana, the "Lesser Vehicle," a name which didn't win them any friends. The Mahayana is still represented today in China, Japan, Vietnam, and elsewhere, and includes Zen.

I admit it, it's a bad pun. But when someone asks you what your shirt says, the short answer is, "the great vehicle which carries everyone to enlightenment."

The bike pictured is a 1954 Raleigh Superbe Roadster; photo thanks to the inestimable Sheldon Brown.

Are you a Buddhist bicyclist too? I'd like to hear from you. Email buddhist.bicyclist@gmail.com.