"The core is (being) without-thought, the basis is without-characteristics, and the root is without-abiding.
Without-characteristics is being free of characteristics while in the midst of characteristics.
Without-thought is not thinking in regard to thoughts.
Without-abiding is the true nature of being human."
The above is a loose translation from the Platform Sutra attributed to Huineng, the Sixth Ancestor of Ch'an.
Our choice this moment is to be what is so - or to skillful respond when we are not being what is so, despite being what is so.
(c) 2011 Elihu Genmyo Smith