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

October 2021

It finally seems that we are approaching fall with shorter days and cooler weather. This transition has always made me feel refreshed with optimism for a new start. As we approach the end of 2021, we will begin planning for 2022 with renewed optimism to restart normal activities at PBC. While these last couple of years have been difficult and our sensitivities to adversities have been heightened, I think we have learned a lot about ourselves and our tolerances. I am hopeful that our compassion will allow us to continue to learn and use our experiences to make us better individuals.

Here are a few things happening at PBC.

PBC Board

I would like to welcome the newest member of the PBC Board, David Oseto. David and his family grew up in Loomis and have been long-time members of the church. David worked for CSUS for 17 years and Hewlett Packard for 22 years. Recently retired, he and his wife, Cindi, have returned to Lincoln Hills from Colorado. We look forward to his support as he joins the Board.


While we were almost successful in hosting our annual Obon festivities, the celebration was canceled at the last minute due to the unhealthy air quality from the fires. A new yagura was installed and decorated. I thank David Unruhe and Helene Nakamura for leading the preparation. Also, I extend my thanks to Nob Nimura for helping our PBC novices in the art of setting up the yagura.

Thank you luncheon

On Saturday, August 11th, our members who helped with the Hatsubon service and Obon preparations were invited to a bento box luncheon to thank everyone for their support. Individuals attending included Tara Gee, Rich Kawahata, Fusae Miyamoto, Nob Nimura, Mae Nimura, Brian Ishimaru, Susan Ishimaru, Stuart Mori, Ed Nakamoto, Helene Nakamura, Ken Marckmann, Claudia Nakata, Frank Perrott, Susan Perrott, Susie Strom, Allan Yamashiro, Grace Yoshikawa, Karen Yoshikawa. Individuals unable to attend were David Unruhe, Tomoko Matsuda, Lydia Maggio, Doris Mar, Linda Dickerson, Misao Hirabayashi, Carole Kawamoto, Vincent Ippolito, Kristi Oshiro, and Jon Ohnoki.

Garden Visioning Group

An ad hoc Garden Visioning group convened on Monday, September 20th , to discuss future plans for the garden, pond, cherry groves, and surrounding areas. The participants included Ed Nakamoto, Fusae Miyamoto, Hiroshi Matsuda, Rich Kawahata, Liz Sasaki, Brian Ishimaru, Susan Perrott, Linda Dickerson, Claudia Nakata, Karen Yoshikawa, and Arlene Hata. This discussion will help PBC plan for the appropriate financial and labor resources needed to maintain and improve the garden. I thank Hiroshi Matsuda for hosting the group at his home in Newcastle.

Vegetation/Tree Clearing

Work continues on clearing the trees behind the parsonage. On Sunday, August 22nd, a work group cleared trees behind the parsonage. This will allow land clearing contractors to continue work in removing trees, shrubs, and vegetation towards the property boundary. I thank Frank Perrott, Darin Hirota, and Brian Ishimaru for their assistance in this project. This project will reduce fire danger in future drought conditions.

Shotsuki Hoyo Listing

Behind the scenes, Janice Kemper and Myra Okasaki have been busy contacting families to update the Shotsuki Hoyo listing. As you may expect, this list changes dynamically over time. This information will be updated in our software, Donor Snap, to produce accurate Shotsuki Hoyo lists and communications to the Sangha. I thank Janice and Myra for their effort. Thank you to our families who have already reached out to provide updated information.

As always, please feel free to contact me at 916-295-3246 or allan.yamashiro@placerbuddhistchurch.org if you have 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