An early burst of cherry blossoms, stunning pools of Koi, vintage bonsai and Asian art all greeted the Social Sangha's gathering at The Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park on February 26. It was a perfect Zen place to share about each other's practice (at DBT and beyond), connect and learn more about our Sangha members while meandering amidst nature's here/now beauty. This was a wonderful outing. Once we assembled the group under the DBT sign, we entered the garden for a few hours of socializing. A special surprise was the statue of Kannon (Japan) [we also know as Kwan Yin (China) Chenrezig (Tibet), and Avalokitesvara.] Their mantra is OM MANI PADME HUM.