Placer Buddhist Church

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

Last-Minute Reminder

Monday, May 29th, Memorial Day Cemetery Services

9:00am     Auburn   

10:00am    Newcastle

11:00am    Rocklin    

A Dharma Message by Rev. Matthew Hamasaki

June 2023

As we are now into spring and getting into summer, there is a lot more pollen in the air. And it doesn’t help that there have been such powerful winds blowing it all around! It seems like everyone’s allergies are acting up more than usual. Aside from the sneezing, symptoms that are super annoying, are the irritation to our eyes that make them itchy, red, and dry. Especially if the wind keeps whipping things into them!


When we are unable to see as clearly and easily as before, we realize how much we rely on our eyes. They help us to interact with the world around us, from helping us get to where we’re going, to enjoying watching movies, to reading the facial expressions on the people we’re talking to. And while it’s important for us to cultivate awareness of our surroundings so we don’t, for instance, run into walls, it’s equally important to train our inner eyes.


What this means is we can see beyond material things. We can see the truth behind the physical world. Although the objects and living beings in front of our face are clear with our outer eyes, their reality is obscured to our inner eyes. We cannot see what causes our distress, anxiety, and pain: the chain of events that follow our desires and attachments which makes us unhappy. Only when we can see how rooted our suffering is in our selfish nature as clearly as we can see how a tree is rooted to the ground will we begin to alleviate our distress.   


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.