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's

The Placer Buddhist Church Annual reports are available for review. Use the links below to download and review the document.

A President's Reflection

December 2022

I am humbled by the many members, guests, and ministers who came to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the Placer Buddhist Church. We reached a milestone. We are truly grateful to the hundreds of pioneers of yesteryears for their vision and spirit. Their diligent efforts built and supported this temple so that our Sangha could live a life with Nembutsu in our hearts today. We owe the pioneers our deepest appreciation.

After 120 years, I am pleased that we have continued to stay strong as a Sangha despite social, economic, and health challenges over the past several years. We thank all who attended to help us celebrate this special occasion. We look forward to many bright years ahead!

Thank you to the Anniversary Planning Committee -- Ed Nakamoto, Rich Kawahata, Linda Dickerson,

Claudia Nakata, David Unruhe, and Fusae Miyamoto -- for their many hours to assist in the planning of this celebration. For more details and pictures about the 120th Anniversary, please see the article in this news bulletin. I am also thankful to following individuals for their assistance.

Ed Nakamoto – Service Chairperson

Fusae Miyamoto and Arlene Hata - Awards

Hiroshi Matsuda – Photographer

Linda Dickerson, Karen Yoshikawa, Terrie Masuda, and Janice Kemper – Registration and Check-in

Myra Okasaki – Service Program and PowerPoint Presentation of PBC History

Rev. Patti Oshita – Pianist for the Service

Susie Strom – Onaijin Preparation, Origami Centerpieces and Decorations

Susie Strom and Fusae Miyamoto – Making the Keiro Corsages and Boutonnieres

Rich Kawahata – Ringing of the Kansho, and Luncheon Master of Ceremonies

Bob and Joanie Nishimoto – Hosting Bar and Refreshments

Claudia Nakata, Tomoko Matsuda, and Jean Fujitani – Preparing Edamame, Cake, Place Settings, and


David Oseto – PowerPoint Presentation of Sangha Photos

David Unruhe – Door Prizes, Manju for Keiro Members, Rice

Placer Ume Taiko and Obon Dancers – Entertainment

Attending Ministers – Rev. Matt Hamasaki, Rev. Bob Oshita, Rev. Patti Oshita, Rev. Kurt Rye, Rev.

Candice Shibata, and Rev. Ron Miyamura

I am humbled by the support we received from our Sangha and happy that we could meet in person.

At the end of October, the parking lot and driveways were repaired and resurfaced. In November, we

expect to replace the roof on the parsonage.

As we approach the end of 2022, we look forward to our Mochitsuki and Shogatsu Chicken fundraisers.

In reflection, I am pleased that we have been able to reengage our Sangha in many of our events after two-and-a-half years of Covid. We hope to see you at future activities as our temple will continue to open our doors in 2023.

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

2022 PBC Officers


Allan Yamashiro

1st Vice President

David Unruhe

2nd Vice President

René Yamashiro

Recording Secretary

Linda Dickerson

Doris Mar


Karen Takayama


Karen Yoshikawa