Placer Buddhist Church

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

office@placerbuddhistchurch.org

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Notice to Hatsubon Families

As you may be aware, the Placer Buddhist Church has made the difficult decision to cancel its Obon service this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the June PBC Board meeting, it was also decided to cancel the special Hatsubon service commemorating individuals passing in 2019-2020. We will belatedly honor these families and their loved ones at our Obon service in 2021.

We understand that these times are particularly challenging. The Buddhist Churches of America is taking a conservative approach to reopening our temples, and Placer is awaiting guidelines. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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A Dharma Message by Rev. Matthew Hamasaki


I have always enjoyed cooking and baking, and I have had the opportunity to get a little better at both since I’ve had to cook at home instead of going out more. One of the things to bake that has intimidated me in the past was making bread. I had heard how difficult it can be, and I have the image from “I Love Lucy” of the bread making scene where the comically large bread pushes her through the kitchen. But now that I’ve had the opportunity to practice making bread, it’s become one of the most enjoyable things to do.

Part of the reason why I enjoy making food is so that I can enjoy it and that other people can enjoy it as well. The other part I enjoy about cooking is that it’s part puzzle and part building something cohesive from separate parts, not unlike childhood games I had when younger. While cooking on the stove, it’s easy to adjust seasoning and so it isn’t as important to be exact. However, baking is more challenging because you mix everything together and then put it in the oven and hopefully it turns out ok. You can try to adjust it later, but it’s much harder to incorporate. In this way, it also can be more gratifying to complete because it is more difficult.

Baking bread is somewhere in between where there is a stage getting it ready and a stage baking and waiting for everything to come together -- where you just have to hope. The first stage is incorporating everything together which also includes kneading. Another aspect of it is to wait for the yeast to generate a reaction with the sugars in the dough to make it rise. Finally, after shaping it, then you bake! Of course, it’s a little more complicated than that, but that’s the gist. Anyway, after learning about bread and yeast and the process, I’ve come to understand the making bread is a little different from other kinds of cooking because the yeast is actually a living organism and you have to learn to work with it. In other words, to have a good strategy to make delicious bread, you have to learn how to work together with the yeast. That kind of teamwork makes it even more rewarding to complete!

Cooking and eating can be quite enjoyable by oneself, but I believe it can be even more fulfilling with other people. The Dharma is the same way in that it can be very helpful to study and learn on one’s own, but there can be much more gained if we do it together! Working together in all aspects of our Sangha, whether it’s Buddhist teachings, fundraising, or simply getting to know each other, I hope we have the spirit of teamwork in everything we do.


In Gassho,

Rev. Matt


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.