The Golden Thread

64 Patriarchs - Told by JiGong

There are a total of 64 generations of patriarch over the last 5,000 years. The patriarchs were firstly the Chinese Emperors, then Chinese Scholars, Indian Monks, Chinese Monks and lastly lay people. This line of 64 patriarchs from one patriarch to another is called The Golden Thread or The Lineage of Tao.
The Early 18 Generations of Patriarchs from China
1]   Emperor Fu Shi 10] Emperor Yeeyin
2]   Emperor Sunlung 11] King Tong
3]   Emperor Huang 12] Giang Tai Gong
4]   Emperor Souhou 13] King Wen, King Wu & Chou Kung
5]   Emperor Tsuanshi 14] Lao Tzu
6]   Emperor Ku 15] Confucius
7]   Emperor Yow 16] Yienwhie & Tsentzu
8]   Emperor Shun 17] Tsuseu
9]   Emperor Yu 18] Mencius
The 28 Generations of Patriarchs from India
1]   Arya Mahakasyapa 15] Kanadeva
2]   Arya Ananda 16] Arya Rahulata
3]   Arya Sanakavasa 17] Arya Sanghanandi
4]   Arya Upagupta 18] Arya Gayasata
5]   Arya Dhritaka 19] Arya Kumarata
6]   Arya Michaka 20] Arya Jayata
7]   Arya Vasumitra 21] Arya Vasubandhu
8]   Arya Buddhanandi 22] Arya Manorhita
9]   Arya Buddhamitra 23] Arya Haklenayasas
10] Arya Parsva 24] Arya Simha
11] Arya Punyayasas 25] Arya Basiasita
12] Bodhisattva Asvaghosa 26] Arya Punyamitra
13] Arya Kapimala 27] Arya Prajnatara
14] Bodhisattva Nagarijuna 28] Arya Bodhidharma
The Late 18 Generations of Patriarch from China
1]   Bodhidharma 11] Ho Liaokoo
2]   Huik'u 12] Yuan Tuian
3]   Seng Tsan 13] Hsie Huanwu &
4]   Tao Hsin      Yang Huanshu
5]   Hung Yen 14] Yow Hotien
6]   Hui Neng 15] Wong Gioyi
7]   Bei Yuzen & 16] Liu Nwapu
      Ma Duanyang 17] Lutzu Chung Yi
8]   Luo Weichuan 18] Dignitary Master
9]   Huang Tehhui       Chang Tienzen &
10] Wu Tzusiang       Sun Shuzen
Total number of Patriarch is 64 ( 18+28+18 )

The Golden Thread of 64 Patriarchs is explained in this "64 hexagrams" known as "Pak Kua" in Chinese. It is already full and there will be no more rebirth of any Heavenly Being in this cycle of Heaven and Earth.

 


Lao Tze - One of the 64 patriarchs showing the six paths of reincarnation.

 

There are 13 generations of Emperor as Patriarchs.

 

 

 

The Temples of the White Period which started from Lutzu Chung Yi - The 63rd Patriarch all over the world or the 17th Patriarch of the Late Generations of Patriarch from China.