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

August 2022

As we optimistically move past the pandemic, I am pleased that we have been able to reintroduce programs for our Sangha and the community. As we do, please continue to protect your health while at one of our activities. At PBC, we request that individuals who are not vaccinated wear masks and encourage anyone to continue wearing one. Looking around the Northern California District, it appears that many temples have cautiously opened to in-person monthly memorial services and limited fundraising activities. These are very encouraging signs. While we continue on our path, we remain cognizant about ensuring a safe environment. I hope you will join us at a service or event soon. Here are a few things going on around the temple.


The PBC Board has approved replacing our halogen parking lights with LED lights. This initiative will increase nighttime lighting and decrease energy costs. PBC expects to recover the cost of this project in four years from electric savings.

Wine Tasting

I thank Joanie Nishimoto and René Yamashiro for chairing the Wine Tasting event that was held on Saturday, June 18th. Hosted in our back parking lot, the event entertained over 100 participants. My appreciation goes to our supporting committee that include David and Vicki Unruhe, Brett and Bruce Yamashiro, Jon Ohnoki, Bob Nishimoto, Rich Kawahata, Tara Gee, and Lydia Maggio.

3198 Boyington Rd. Property

As we prepare to lease the 3198 Boyington Rd. property, we discovered that the PCWA water supply was interrupted from the canal located along Taylor Rd. Frank Perrott, Nob Nimura, and Darin Hirota have been working on locating the source of the leak. As the canal runs a significant distance from the source and the ground is covered with shrubs and vegetation, the task has been difficult. I owe Darin a special thanks for coming out on his own time to clear a path along the canal line using the weed eater.

Bus trip to San Francisco Obon

I thank David Unruhe and Helene Nakamura for organizing the bus trip to the San Francisco Obon on Sunday, July 24th. Our passengers enjoyed Bingo along the route and lunch at Japan town. They were treated to a live Obon performance and dance on the streets of downtown San Francisco.

Reno Howakai – Obon Service

On July 9th, Rev. Matt Hamasaki held a virtual Obon service to our members at the Reno Howakai. I thank Fusae Miyamoto, Susie Strom, David Unruhe, Terrie Masuda, Grace Yoshikawa, and Helene Nakamura for traveling to Reno to participate in the Obon festivities.

Placer Hatsubon/Obon

PBC will be hosting its Obon on Saturday, August 6th. Last year, we attempted to host our Obon dance festivities, but the event was canceled at the last minute due to the smoke from wildfires. I am confident this year that we will be successful in hosting the Obon dance after two years. Please check the bulletin article for activities of the day. For our combined Hatsubon/Obon service this year, we will honor the memories of nine members who passed from July 2021 to July of this year.

Minister’s Assistant

David Unruhe and I are planning to attend Minister’s Assistant training in July and August. We look forward to joining members from other temples in the Northern California District in learning more about our Buddhist traditions and protocols.


We have had two Bingo events to date in June and July. I wish to thank David Unruhe, Linda Dickerson, Ed Nakamoto, Rich Kawahata, Fusae Miyamoto, and Grace Yoshikawa for their assistance in organizing the Bingo games and lunch. Please check your calendar for future dates.

Tomodachi Bento

I extend my sincere thanks to Susan Rumberg, Helene Nakamura, and Yvonne Yoshikawa for organizing the Tomodachi Bento Program, which resumed in June. The August delivery is scheduled for August 7th . The program is an important social outreach activity that helps us engage and communicate with our seniors who often are not able to travel to the temple. We also thank the volunteers who help prepare the food and deliver the meals. Please refer to the May news bulletin for details. Thank you to the Tomadachi Bento crew for your dedication!

As always, I thank our Sangha for their continued support of PBC. Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with me at 916-295-3246 or at allan.yamashiro@placerbuddhistchurch.org

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