Placer Buddhist Church

3192 Boyington RoadPenryn, CA. 95663(916) 652-6139
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A Dharma Message by Rev. Matthew Hamasaki

July 2022

On Memorial Day this year, we paid tribute to all the US military personnel who have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States armed forces. As Jodo Shinshu Buddhists, we recognize that we are the beneficiaries of infinite sacrifices and, as Americans, the product of the lives given by our nation’s military. With this recognition, we pay forward our gratitude in part through our gatherings and our rituals, but more concretely and meaningful, through our actions and how we live our lives.

With this debt of lives given to us, what kind of repayment is it for us to have nineteen children and two teachers gunned down? Did the freedom and protection these brave soldiers died for include those parents who will never be able to see their kids again? Is the country they laid their lives down for characterized by us feeling unsafe bringing our children to school? To say that the way our nation exists today is a waste of their effort would be an understatement.

As Jodo Shinshu Buddhists, we are compelled by the vast compassion of so many people -- those we are close to and those we may have never met -- to live in a way that makes the world better. It starts with us, taking actions to make ourselves better, then hopefully our community, then maybe our country, and possibly the world. And our motivation comes from the realization that to not do our best to ensure the safety and well-being of all those around us would be to dishonor those countless sacrifices. So, in the spirit of the Nembutsu teaching, I humbly ask all of you to look at yourselves and ask what you are doing to contribute to a world where all beings are happy and well, and then ask yourself what more you can be doing.

In Gassho,

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.