Our Church

Our Mission Statement

The Placer Buddhist Church strives to nurture compassion, mindfulness, gratitude, peace, tolerance, inclusiveness, and spiritual exploration by providing a place where everyone is welcome. Our mission is to continually learn and live the Buddhist Teachings to reduce suffering and support our lives and the lives around us. We offer an open door to sharing these teachings, as well as friendship and community.

PBC Annual Report

The 2020 Placer Buddhist Church Annual report is available for review. Use this link to download and review the document.

A President's Reflection

July 2021

As our state continues to show progress on vaccination rates and the spread of Covid-19 remains stable, I am excited that the members of PBC will soon be able to gather in larger groups. On June 15th, the state will remove the restrictions associated with the tier system which will eliminate the restrictions to businesses and churches that are in place today. On June 19th, BCA will hold a webinar for its temples on reopening strategies. The PBC Board continues to evaluate our situation to ensure we can open safely.

As we approach life after Covid-19, I extend my sincere thanks to all of you for your interest and generous support of PBC. During this pandemic, our ability to communicate in person was hampered so we relied on written and electronic methods to communicate with our Sangha. I wish to particularly thank Janice Kemper for her work on editing the monthly news bulletin, Claudia Nakata for preparing the regular email communications, David Oseto for maintaining the PBC website monthly, Jerry Henry for posting important information on our Facebook page, and Rev. Matt Hamasaki for recording the monthly Shotsuki Hoyo service. Without their assistance, our ability to communicate with our Sangha would not be possible. Thank you!

Despite our inability to meet in person, the work of the temple continues.

Memorial Day Chicken

I thank Ed Nakamoto and his team for leading a successful Memorial Day teriyaki chicken sale and to Sacramento Betsuin for allowing PBC to distribute the chicken in their parking lot. Sales were wildly successful with over 600 chicken halves sold. Please refer to the article in this bulletin for more details.

Memorial Day Cemetery

On Memorial Day, Ed Nakamoto and Rich Kawahata led cemetery services at Auburn, Newcastle, and Rocklin. I am thankful for their leadership in conducting our first in-person services in 2021 and for the many families that attended.

3198 Boyington Road

Progress continues on the 3198 Boyington Rd. property renovation led by Frank Perrott. The construction is being performed by Mark and Roger Jabusch. Mark is the son-in-law of the late Akiko Matsuda. To date, improvements include the addition of interior stairs, repairs to the laundry room, renovation of the bathroom, repairs and replacement of the roof, and addition of new electrical conduits to the garage. Our goal is to lease the facility by this fall which will generate additional monthly income for the temple. If you are interested in seeing the property, please let me know and we can arrange a visit.

Garden Group

I thank Susan Perrott and Kelly Takemoto for weeding and weed trimming the areas around the temple. The Garden Group has diligently met monthly to maintain our garden and cherry groves. Last month the Board approved the clearing and hauling of the brush about 100 feet behind the parsonage to reduce fire hazard. The poison oak was also treated to halt its growth.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the temple soon. We will advise our members as we prepare to reopen. Please check with our news bulletin, website, email, Facebook communications for upcoming activities and dates. Please let me know if there is anything we can do better.

In Gassho,

Allan Yamashiro, PBC President

Our Contact Information

Placer Buddhist Church

3192 Boyington Road

Penryn, CA. 95663

(916) 652-6139

Our Church

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 halfway between San Francisco and Reno, Nevada.

The Church was founded in 1902 in the small foothill 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 1963. The church is well known in the community for annual food bazaar which is typically held on the 4th weekend of September. The annual food bazaar began in 1964, just after the church moved to its new location.

The church supports 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.

Dharma services and group activities have been limited during the Covid-19 pandemic and will reopen when safe to publicly meet.

Supervising Minister

Rev. Matt Hamasaki

Minister's Assistants

Rich Kawahata

Michi Mitani

Ed Nakamoto

2021 PBC Officers


Allan Yamashiro

1st Vice President

David Unruhe

2nd Vice President

Jerry Henry

Recording Secretary

Claudia Nakata


Howard Itow


Ed Nakamoto