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.

New PBC Office Hours

Every Thursday from 9:00am - 1:00pm

Buddhist education through the EVERYDAY BUDDHIST

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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   

June 2024

Happy June to You!


In May, our nation observed National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Since 1983, each U.S. President has publicly recognized and promoted the importance of physical activity to good overall health. This year, President Biden issued a Proclamation commemorating the 2024 observance saying, “We can all come together, feel better, and live longer if we stay active, exercise, and keep moving.”


For people of all ages, leading an active lifestyle not only enhances physical fitness, but also contributes significantly to mental well-being, by reducing feelings of anxiety, improving sleep quality, and more.


Why is this included in this month’s PBC President’s message? As Buddhists, we strive to live a fulfilling life, and a life with compassion for others, but how can we accomplish this if we don’t have our health to achieve this?


Incorporating daily physical activity to our lives helps keep us healthy, both physically and mentally. Physical activity doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. It is anything that keeps you moving -- a leisurely walk, gardening, cleaning the house, or walking from one end of the casino to the other.


Another important attribute to a healthy lifestyle is enjoying social activities - being together in-person with family, friends, and even strangers sharing a common bond (casino!). Regularly interacting with others is vital in fending off isolation and loneliness. In addition to members attending services and absorbing the Dharma together, PBC offers an array of physical and social activities where members can meet old and new friends:


• Tai Chi with Rev. Yuki, two Thursdays a month

• Dance/Exercise with Helene Nakamura, two Fridays a month

• Garden Group the first Monday of each month

• Coffee Klatch before and after services

• Bingo + Lunch on the 2nd Wednesday of each month

• Wine and More event on June 15th (pre-registration required)


Please be sure to check the calendar in our monthly bulletin for date confirmation for these sessions. PBC makes a conscious effort to not only provide spiritual guidance, but also support for your social and physical well-being. Thank you to all who contribute to making this possible for our PBC members and community.

In Gassho, 

Rene' Yamashiro, PBC President

Our Contact Information

Placer Buddhist Church

3192 Boyington Road

P.O.Box 349                      <-- New Mailing Address

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 Ministers

    Rev. Matt Hamasaki

    Rev. Yuki Sugahara

Minister's Assistants

    Rich Kawahata

    Michi Mitani

    Ed Nakamoto

2023 PBC Officers


            René Yamashiro

    1st Vice President

            Tom Aust

    2nd Vice President

            Frank Perrott

    Recording Secretary

            Linda Dickerson

            Claudia Nakata


            Kent Kawamoto


            Karen Takayama