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

January 2021

Happy New Year, everyone! Looking back on 2020, I realize that many Americans have suffered terribly in health and finance. On a positive note, I am thankful that our Sangha has remained healthy. Thank you for taking this pandemic threat seriously!

Most recently, I learned that my son contracted Covid-19. As a frontline hospital staff member, his risk of illness is higher and not unexpected; however, he contracted his infection through a small social gathering. He felt alternating periods of fatigue, muscle aches, loss of taste and smell, and rapid heart rates. Fortunately, he has recovered without debilitating symptoms and now shelters in his home. Please continue to be careful in social gatherings! We hope that, with the vaccine around the corner, we can share brighter news in 2021.

Since our last bulletin, I would like to update the Sangha on matters happening around the Placer Buddhist Church (PBC).

Indoor Gatherings

While Placer County is currently in the Purple Tier status (widespread), all of our indoor gatherings have been suspended. Outdoor activities will continue in small groups, using social distancing and masks.

High speed Internet

Last month, PBC installed a high-speed internet connection to the temple. This connection will allow us to stream services and activities. As we anticipate the shortage of ministers in the next few years, high-speed internet will allow PBC to access ministers for services without being physically present. We can also share activities with individuals who remain at home.

Roofing Project

The PBC Board has selected a roofing contractor, Rose Roofing and Supply, to repair and reroof the Education Building from a group of three contract bids. The scope of work includes repairing dry rot, replacing the roof with a 50-year warranty, and adding rain gutters. Rose previously replaced the temple roof.


I recently attended a BCA webinar meeting. The subject of the webinar was growing membership in the Buddhist faith. Across the BCA, membership has declined 28% over the last decade. It appears that memberships in all religious groups have declined. Over the next few years, BCA will work vigorously with Sangha leadership to help expand membership.

Property - 3198 Boyington Rd.

As you may remember, PBC recently purchased property at 3198 Boyington Rd. We are in the process of preparing the property to lease. This will provide additional rental income that will help financially support PBC.

Final Notes

Thank you to everyone for your patience and continued support through 2020. It has been quite an unusual and difficult year. I am thankful to the PBC members for adapting to our restricted environment. In 2021, we hope to resume some normal activities; however, there still remains a lot of uncertainty. Please call me at 916-295-3246 if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns.

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