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

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   

October 2023

Can you believe that fall is already upon us? Many, many thanks to everyone that contributed their time and energy for the return of our annual bazaar. A huge shout out to Carole Kawamoto, Ed Nakamoto, Claudia Nakata, and the entire bazaar committee for coordinating the return of this event. We’d love to hear from our PBC members on your thoughts about how things went.


October brings some exciting new events. On October 8th, the Northern California District Temples are having a joint service commemorating the 850th birthday of Shinran Shonin and the 800th anniversary of the establishment of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. This special service will take place at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento and all PBC members are welcome to attend. On October 14th, PBC will be hosting the annual Wine and More event, and on October 22nd, we invite all PBC members to take a field trip to the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley to hear Bishop Harada and tour the center.


This month I’d like to include excerpts from Bishop Harada’s message about “Less Me, More We.”

Please enjoy his message.


Bishop’s Dharma Message

I recently returned from a week in Japan to receive confirmation from our Gomonshu of our Hongwanji for becoming Bishop.

The ceremony was very meaningful and there were lots of dinners and meetings with various Hongwanji and Ryukoku University dignitaries during our stay. We met with Dr. Takashi Irisawa, the president of Ryukoku University, and were given a tour of some of their facilities.


I was very impressed with some of the signage on campus. I am not sure if it is the theme for the university but, throughout the campus, there were various short phrases, one of which was, “Less me, more we.” I thought this was a beautiful, very Buddhistic phrase. So simple, but so well put. “Less me, more we.”


Our modern-day life is perhaps the opposite. It is a life of “More me, less we.” Self-enhancement, self-promotion, self-gratification. If you go to a bookstore, the self-help books abound. Self, self, self. More me, less we. Yet this slogan or phrase at Ryukoku University said, “Less me, more we.”


The unawakened, unenlightened self thinks that the way to happiness is to get what you want, to get everything your way. But Buddhism teaches us that this is a delusion, a wrong view of life. First of all, Buddhism teaches us that we will never achieve ultimate happiness this way because the ego self is never satisfied, never gratified completely. We will always seek more, no matter what it is, whether it is money, cars, homes, positions, or status. That is why the path of “More me, less we” is destined to fail. It is destined to a life of unhappiness, even suffering and anguish.


However, the opposite, “Less me, more we” leads to a life of fulfillment, an inner, lasting sense of happiness, and even a sense of gratitude. A grateful person doesn’t need more of this or more of that. A grateful person not only feels gratitude for what they have, but feels undeserving of it as well. For such a person, even life itself is a gift.


The “more we” doesn’t just mean people. A sense of “more we” means all of life that surrounds us. It encompasses the plants and animals, the earth and the air, the planets and the stars.


Rev. Gyomay Kubose once wrote a short haiku poem about a simple flower that he noticed growing along the side of the road while walking. Only a person of “less me, more we” would notice such things. A person of “more me, less we” always feels, “Why is there so much traffic? What’s the matter with these crazy drivers these days?” They would rarely notice the wild flowers growing along the road, or the beauty of the stars at night.


Doesn’t the world today need more of such a teaching, “Less me, more we?” What happens when a whole nation lives with a sense of the opposite, “More me, less we?” Doesn’t it lead to wars and conflicts, strife and suffering, for all people? We don’t realize that a life of “More me, less we” leads to not only the suffering of others, but to ourselves. This is why Buddhism calls it “delusion,” or “ignorance.”


I had a wonderful trip to Japan, despite the heat and humidity. But this simple slogan was one precious thing that I brought back from Japan, more than the Japanese delicacies and sweets that I purchased. It is a wonderful Buddhistic teaching that is easy to remember and to think about in our daily life. I hope that it leads to a life of “less me, more we” in myself. 


In Gassho, 

Rene' 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 Ministers

    Rev. Matt Hamasaki

    Rev. Yuki Sugahara

Minister's Assistants

    Rich Kawahata

    Michi Mitani

    Ed Nakamoto

2023 PBC Officers


            René Yamashiro

    1st Vice President

            David Unruhe

    2nd Vice President

            Dave Oseto

    Recording Secretary

            Doris Mar

            George Uyeki


            Karen Takayama


            Linda Dickerson