Placer Buddhist Church

3192 Boyington Road                                                        P.O.Box 349             <-- New Mailing AddressPenryn, CA. 95663(916) 652-6139

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A Dharma Message by Rev. Matt Hamasaki

June 2024

I appreciate movie reviews, especially well-thought-out and funny ones, because they help me decide whether or not I want to put my time and money into viewing something for two hours. Just like everyone else, it’s hard to find time and there are so many choices with the amount of media that exists and is continuing to be created. Since they take the energy to not just watch the movie, but then to give their opinions on it, I can have a better understanding with much less invested in it.


That being said, I also feel bad when a movie doesn’t do well. When it gets eviscerated by the critics and the audiences, it makes me sad for the crew and the cast that worked very hard to put something out there with the intention of making people enjoy it. I understand very well the action of trying to do something for another person only for it to be taken the wrong way. In this situation, one side isn’t right and the other wrong.


We are all inextricably linked to our preferences; what we like or dislike, what makes us laugh or cry, what we agree or disagree with. And that’s okay! It is our nature as human beings. But when we encounter another who is well-meaning but we don’t quite enjoy the same things, we can agree to disagree but still acknowledge their efforts. So even when we watch a bad movie, we should Gassho and thank those who tried (albeit unsuccessfully) to enhance our lives.


Rev. Matt

The Placer Buddhist Church is located at 3192 Boyington Road in Penryn California, County of Placer.  It is located at the scenic base of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains just off Interstate 80.  It is approximately half way between San Francisco and Reno, Nevada.

The Church was founded in 1902 in the small foothills town of Penryn.  The original church was near the center of town approximately 3 miles from its current location. The church moved to its current location in approximately 1963.  The church is well known in the community for the annual food bazaar which is always held on the 4th weekend of September.  The annual food bazaar started in 1964, just after the church moved to the new location.

The church supports many organizations such as the Placer Buddhist Women’s Association (PBWA), Young Buddhist Association (YBA), Sierra Bonsai Club, Dharma School, and Placer Ume Taiko Groups.  The church also holds various classes during the week including calligraphy, flower arranging, Tai Chi, Obon dancing and exercise classes.  See the church calendar for class times.