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

During this pandemic, I have had opportunities to pause and reflect on the positive things in life about the way things were prior to the pandemic. It seems this catastrophe has taught us many lessons in patience and gratitude. Having watched more television than normal, I am touched by the many stories told that illustrate human selflessness and interdependence.

The Placer Buddhist Church (PBC) appreciates our members who have continued to support the church through your generous donations and those who have helped maintain our facilities. I would like to extend my special thanks to Nob Nimura, Kelly Takemoto, Bobby Pilliard, Hiroshi Matsuda, Susan and Frank Perrott, and Ed Nakamoto in helping maintain our grounds and facilities. We extend special thanks to our Editorial Committee, who prepare and publish our monthly news bulletin. These individuals work hard behind the scenes to bring the latest PBC news. This team includes Rich Kawahata, Janice Kemper, Joyce Parks, Isabel Meyer, Ed Nakamoto, Susan Rumberg, Fusae Miyamoto, Michi Mitani, and Claudia Nakata. Working remotely, David Oseto prepares and updates our PBC website, Jerry Henry, manages our new Facebook page, and Brian Nakamoto who has provided guidance for our information technology system. Our PBC Board has continued to meet virtually to ensure we take care of operations.

As Reverend Candice mentioned in her Dharma message, she has been assigned by Bishop Harada to the Stockton Buddhist Temple starting July 1, 2020. PBC has been truly fortunate to have her approachable and engaging presence since January 2019. Her guidance and smile will be missed! Moving forward, former Bishop Kodo Umezu has agreed to support Placer for special services. We are fortunate to have his ministerial experience and mastery of delivering wonderful Dharma messages. With close ties to Placer, Reverend Matt Hamasaki of Sacramento will support PBC as its supervising minister.

Finally, please continue to check our web page at placerbuddhistchurch.org for updated PBC information or on our Facebook pages. Periodically, we will send out invitations to various Dharma education programs. Please feel free to email office@placerbuddhistchurch.org, or call me at 916- 295-3246 for suggestions or concerns.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time. While we wait to reopen, there are many things that are happening behind the scenes to support our Sangha. In the meantime, please stay safe!


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.