41. The Deep Analysis of Tao Te Ching and the Diamond Sutra and Confucius-Mencius Culture
In my opinion, the deepest influence on Chinese culture should be the Tao Te Ching, while the thoughts of Confucius and Mencius is the specific form of the Tao Te Ching in the feudalistic productivity period.
It is said that after Lao-Tzu wrote the Tao Te Ching, he travelled around the west and left Diamond Sutra for India.
It’s just a rumour, but the Tao Te Ching covers completely the Diamond Sutra in terms of dominant idea, the Diamond Sutra is a kind of understanding and explanation of the Tao Te Ching. It is one aspect of understanding and explanation. It explains clearly in a certain aspect, making people easier to understand. Frankly speaking, the Tao Te Ching, no one in China can really understand the true intentions and thoughts of the author.