Researches of Several Maitreya Scriptures with Woodblock Printing Technique at Early Stages in Shanxi Province
Abstract There have been many Maitreya scriptures with woodblock printing technique at early stages found in Shanxi, specifically from Late Tang and the Five Dynasties to the Northern Song Liao Jin period. These Buddhist scriptures had great effects on the widespread practices of Chinese woodblock printing techniques. This paper introduces these Maitreya scriptures, in order to describe basic features of early woodblock printing techniques applied on Buddhist scriptures and conclude the meaning of its status in Chinese early woodblock printing history. Meanwhile, the general situation of Amitabha and Maitreya Faith in Shanxi would be introduced.