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

This pandemic has provided me unique perspectives on the Buddhist teachings of interconnectedness and interdependence. Its relevance seems real where I hear about the disrupted lives and their impact on workplaces, education, finances, health, and social issues. In my lifetime, I have not experienced a tidal wave of events that have created suffering for so many people. Growing up with my grandparents, I learned that the ability to endure was a hallmark of the Sangha predecessors which helped them survive the Great Depression and World War II. Together, I am hopeful that we can re-emerge in a safer place and a smarter society.

Reopening of Temples

Across the BCA, the reopening of the temples has been an active conversation, but a topic that is difficult to embrace because of the widespread illness. With masking and additional lockdowns, there appears to be a decline in new cases; however, the risk of renewed spread is still present. Please continue to stay vigilant and safe! I am encouraged by our Sangha’s resilience and hope, but if you need help, please do not hesitate to reach to our PBC Board members or me.

Our PBC Board and our Reopening Task Force discuss re-opening plans each month. Placer County currently remains under the California watchlist and churches remain closed for indoor gatherings. Thank you again for your patience!

Special Arigato Donations – Building Fund

The Placer Buddhist Church thanks the Sangha’s generous Arigato donations that are designated to replace the education building roof. To date, donations have totaled over $26,500. Across the BCA, temples are working in creative ways to help replace donations lost from the Covid-19 pandemic. With your help, we hope to submit our plans to the county in late summer or fall.


Currently, Ed Nakamoto and Michi Mitani are working with Rev. Matt Hamasaki on the possibility of recording the Shotsuki Hoyo services. As we get more details, we will share them with you.

As always, if you have questions or recommendations please feel to contact me at 916-295-3246 or at allan.yamashiro@placerbuddhistchurch.org. 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.

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