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

December 2020

I hope that everyone continues to stay healthy and find some balance in their life during this persistent pandemic. As we approach the end of 2020, we are starting to see the resumption of some activities at our temple. Since the Covid -19 spread seems to be persistent and influenza around the corner, PBC will take a conservative and safe approach to our reopening plans.

I am grateful to our taskforce for their assistance in developing safe reopening guidelines. The members include Claudia Nakata, David Unruhe, Helene Nakamura, Linda Dickerson, Lydia Maggio, Fusae Miyamoto, and Tara Gee. To date, the Obon Dancing, Taiko, and Garden groups have started to meet in small groups following safety measures to keep our members safe. The Obon dance group uses the Zoom application to broadcast practices to those who practice safely at home.

On October 31st and November 7th, a group gathered at the recently purchased, 3198 Boyington property to clean the barn and shed. I would like to thank the following people for their assistance. Our helpers included Bob Nishimoto, Jerry Henry, Susan Perrott, Karen Itow, Frank Perrott, Jeremy Stephens, Ana Lisa Linderholm, Ramon Solis, Jayden Duncan, Jon Ohnoki, Kelly Takemoto, Rich Kawahata, RJ Shishido, Nob Nimura, Claudia Nakata, George Uyeki, and Allan Yamashiro. The group removed pipes, wood, and items which were saved over many years nearly filling two large dumpsters.

On November 2nd, the Garden Group planted lilies and ornamental shrubs around the pond. I wish to thank Brian Ishimaru, Liz Sasaki, Claudia Nakata, Hiroshi Matsuda, Kelly Takemoto, and Susan Perrott for volunteering their time to beautify the garden. A special thanks goes to Hiroshi Matsuda for his landscape expertise!

While there have been glimmers of hope and activity in 2020, we will continue to be vigilant about the third wave of Covid-19. Many of the Northern California temples have engaged the Sangha through virtual methods such as Zoom meetings and small group gatherings. Large scale gatherings remain closed to ensure everyone’s safety. We hope that 2021 will bring brighter news, but in the meantime, please stay safe. If you wish to participate in some of our activities that I describe in this article, please call me at 916-295- 3246.

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

2020 PBC Officers


Allan Yamashiro

1st Vice President

Ed Nakamoto

2nd Vice President

Jerry Henry

Recording Secretary

Claudia Nakata


Howard Itow


Carole Kawamoto