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.

A President's Reflection

November 2020

The year 2020 may well be remembered as one of the most turbulent years in history where we experienced a widespread pandemic, political and racial unrest, extreme weather, disastrous fires, and a recession. Yet, I admire the remarkable energy, resilience, creativity, and patience of our nation’s people to regain normalcy. I thank our Sangha for your patience and flexibility during this difficult time as we try to adapt to these challenges. This month, I would like to share how some of the BCA temples have attempted to support their Sangha.

I recently attended a BCA webinar where various temples shared their experiences. Topics included Dharma services, fundraising, and community support. In Seabrook, New Jersey, the temple continued Dharma services in a drive-up format where members stayed in their cars while loudspeakers broadcast the service. The Sacramento Betsuin held a 4-hour telethon hosted by Sharon Itow and Koichi Mizushima on the history and values of its affiliated organizations. Video tapes, skits, and demonstrations were shared in this virtual show. This successful event raised over $180,000 in donations. The Oakland Buddhist Sangha fundraised to support the local Food Shelter. These donations are eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match up to $3,000 from the BCA. I wish to thank Susan Rumberg and Susan Ishimaru for their leadership in coordinating the PBWA support for Placer County Food Bank. Susan Rumberg has submitted a grant application to the BCA on behalf of the PBC.

At PBC, the dance group held their first practice on Friday, October 9th , with Taiko practice following shortly. I wish to thank the PBC Reopening Taskforce comprised of Helene Nakamura, Lydia Maggio, Claudia Nakata, Howard Itow, David Unruhe, Fusae Miyamoto, and Linda Dickerson for their helpful guidance to safely reopen PBC. In future meetings, we will discuss the reopening of fundraisers and small family services.

On a different note, I am happy to announce that we have successfully purchased the 4.5-acre property adjacent to the PBC. The property will help diversify PBC’s investments, provide future rental income, improve safety, and allow the PBC to plan for future developments. I thank Frank Perrott for his guidance in real estate contracting, Howard Itow for managing the financial transactions, and the PBC Board for their support and direction.

In a previous Reflections, I mentioned that the cherry trees seemed to be stressed due to a particularly dry summer. Many of the trees have recovered with regular watering and care given by Susan Perrott. I also wish to thank Darin Hirota for weeding the areas around the garden and the cherry trees. I thank all who worked behind the scenes to maintain our facility so that we can continue our proud traditions. Arigato!

As always, if you have questions, suggestions or need assistance, please call me at 916-295-3246 or at allan.yamashiro@placerbuddhistchurch.org.

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 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.

Supervising Minister

Rev. Matt Hamasaki

Minister's Assistants

Rich Kawahata

Michi Mitani

Ed Nakamoto

2020 PBC Officers


Allan Yamashiro

1st Vice President

Ed Nakamoto

2nd Vice President

Jerry Henry

Recording Secretary

Claudia Nakata


Howard Itow


Carole Kawamoto