Placer Buddhist Church

3192 Boyington RoadPenryn, CA. 95663(916) 652-6139

Important Notice

Placer County is currently at Stage 2, which allows for the reopening of certain businesses, but does not include religious services. Stage 3 will define the guidelines for the opening of religious services. Due to the uncertainty of when Stage 3 might be implemented, the Board has decided to cancel Obon services at PBC and local cemeteries and will address the Hatsubon service separately at the next meeting on June 9th.

For the most up-to-date information, please check the PBC website ( and the new PBC Facebook page for updates. You may also call the PBC office at (916) 652-6139 or send an email to Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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A Dharma Message by Rev. Candice Shibata

Ananda, the beloved disciple of the Buddha, once asked, “Master, are good spiritual friends fully half of the holy life?” “No, Ananda,” the Buddha replied. “Good spiritual friends are the whole of the holy life.” 1

As we know, one of the Three Treasures in Buddhism is the Sangha. “A Sangha is a community of friends practicing the Dharma together in order to bring about and to maintain awareness. The essence of a Sangha is awareness, understanding, acceptance, harmony and love…when you find these elements are present in a community, you know that you have the happiness and fortune of being in a real Sangha.”2 As a minister, one of the biggest honors of my life is being introduced to, and welcomed by, the Sanghas I have encountered as a guest speaker, supervising minister and resident minister. I have personally felt these important aspects of what a Sangha is, which has been beautifully created at the Buddhist Church of Florin and at the Placer Buddhist Church.

Returning to the Northern California District after serving at the Berkeley Buddhist Temple was a homecoming for me since I grew up in this district. I saw familiar faces of my childhood at Florin and Placer and had an opportunity to develop an even deeper relationship with you. You have welcomed me into your homes, your personal lives, and your hearts as we celebrated together and while we comforted each other during times of sorrow. Of course, I can’t forget how much good food I enjoyed with you as well!

Encountering and being a part of this Sangha has filled my life with deep happiness. Because of the bonds I have created with you, it also deeply saddens me to be transferred at this time, especially as we shelter in place. Due to many conditions of my life and within the BCA occurring now, I was presented with an opportunity to transfer to my home temple, the Buddhist Church of Stockton, following Rev. Motoyoshi’s retirement. As much as I am looking forward to returning to my hometown and being closer to my family and friends, I just wish I had more time with you. There were so many more activities I wanted to do, so much Dharma sharing I was looking forward to, and so many smiling faces I will deeply miss.

Although my transfer to Stockton will be approaching very soon, I find comfort in knowing that I was fortunate enough to be a part of this wonderful Sangha. As mentioned above in my opening quote, you have become my good spiritual friends and you make my life whole. I will carry you with me (all the way down I-5/Highway 99) to Stockton and during the course of my life as a minister. Luckily, I will remain nearby and am only a phone call or an email away.

Words alone cannot express the gratitude that I have for you and the support that I have received. It has been an honor and my pleasure to serve you and the temple.

With Deep Gratitude and In Gassho,

Rev. Candice Shibata

1 John Brehm, ed., The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy (Sommerville: Wisdom Publications, 2017), XXVI.


The Placer Buddhist Church is located at 3192 Boyington Road in Penryn California, County of Placer. It sits at the 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 Group. The church also holds various classes during the week including calligraphy, flower arranging, Tai Chi and exercise classes. See the church calendar for class times.