Placer Buddhist Church

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

October 2022

This month we are observing the Eitaikyo service. It can be translated as “perpetually chanting the sutras” service. That doesn’t mean that we have to chant perpetually without stopping – rather that we reaffirm our goal to spread the teachings indefinitely. We simultaneously look back at and thank the members who contributed to ensure the future of the temple for generations, while reinvigorating our motivation to propagate. This promise is a spiritual decision, but from the practical side, when a member passes away, the family honors the wishes of the deceased to help the temple propagate in perpetuity by donating to the Eitaikyo fund.

Because, as humans, we experience time linearly, it is easy for us to forget about the past or the future, and it is impossible for us to be aware of it all the time. The Dharma, though, is always present and everlasting. Imagine if you are driving down a highway on a long road trip. Just because we are no longer at the gas station where you filled up, it doesn’t mean that it ceases to exist. You can’t see it, hear it, or feel it, but it’s still there. In the same way, even though we are in a particular moment in time, it doesn’t mean that the past is gone. The past continues to influence the future whether we understand it or not.

The Buddha is always there for us, trying to help us along the way. Since we can’t see it thanks to our self-centeredness, we need different practices to be able to catch glimpses of the Buddha. One of these practices is to record and look back on the past to help us remember that it’s there. It is a time to put our thoughts on how much people have given to have the temples we have today and how we can contribute to keep the temple going.

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.