We begin at the beginning of the Line ... with Shakyamuni, Gautama Buddha.
Or are we starting at the end? Does Shakyamuni receive Transmission from all the Ancestors? From you and me?
Is it just every single step of the line in every single step? Or is the line truly a circle? A single point? Not even there.
Is it a quilt of many threads, covering us and keeping us warm?
Is Shakyamuni just Shakyamuni, with no one else before or after?
May we, should we, need we even try to say?
In Cook, pages 29 - 31, and in Hixon, pages 35 - 37