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

The 2020 Placer Buddhist Church Annual report is available for review. Use this link to download and review the document.

A President's Reflection

January 2022

あけましておめでとう Happy New Year! As we turn the page to a new year, I wish everyone a safer and happier New Year in 2022. Having served as President the past two years, I am thankful for the opportunity to have learned more about our temple’s heritage and to the Board and members of our Sangha who have guided me along the way. Thank you for your trust and support during the past two challenging pandemic years. In 2022, we look forward to reengaging our Sangha in normal activities and I look forward to seeing you at upcoming events, services, and celebrations. Later this month, our the PBC Board will send a copy of Annual Report for 2021. The report describes PBC’s accomplishments, future outlook, finances, and strategies for 2022.

This year marks the 120th year since the Placer Buddhist Church was established. Our temple was established in 1902 and relocated to our current location in 1965. I am impressed with the resiliency of our Sangha and temple that have survived two World Wars and two pandemics. I am hopeful that we can rise above future challenges and continue to support our members. In October, we will celebrate this milestone anniversary.

In January, we welcome our new members to the PBC Board, Vernon Nodohara, René Yamashiro, Karen Takayama, and Darin Hirota. David Oseto also joined our Board in 2021 replacing Carole Kawamoto. We thank our outgoing Board members, Fusae Miyamoto, Rich Kawahata, Claudia Nakata, Howard Itow, and Michi Mitani. I am thankful for their personal time and commitment to PBC. In 2019, PBC updated its By-laws to rotate 5 members to the Board each year. If you are interested in serving, I would love to hear from you.

Shogatsu chicken and Chow Mein proved to be a popular event this year judging from the large orders that were received. We thank members from the Placer and Sacramento Sangha for their orders and a special thanks to Ed Nakamoto for organizing this popular fundraiser and Darin Hirota who led the Chow Mein preparation. On January 16, PBC will hold its first in-person New Year’s Party that will be catered by Kazoku Teriyaki & More of Roseville. I hope many of you will be able to attend. In March, we will be hosting our wine tasting event and also plan to resume our monthly Bingo event starting in March.

As we look forward to 2022, we will start to reopen some of our usual activities at PBC. Since we are not certain of the direction of the Omicron variant, we strongly encourage everyone to get their vaccinations and booster to protect yourself and others. Masks are also strongly recommended. Please take care of yourself. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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

2021 PBC Officers


Allan Yamashiro

1st Vice President

David Unruhe

2nd Vice President

Jerry Henry

Recording Secretary

Claudia Nakata


Howard Itow


Ed Nakamoto