A Bluegrass Zen Day Long Retreat: Thank You, No Complaints

Face it — complaints are opinions, they are the buffer we put between ourselves and reality, the way things are and the way they come to us. Our complaints, though there is nothing wrong with a one of them, will interfere with our happiness and with the flow of life in and through us. The koan for this retreat is based on a story of a student who comes to her teacher with a boat load of complaints, asking her what she can do with them. She gives a simple practice: “Whatever you meet, no matter, come to it with this: ‘Thank you very much, I have no complaints whatsoever.