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Book/Printed Material Zhaocheng Jin cang 赵城金藏

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  • Zhaocheng Jin cang

Other Title

  • 赵城金藏

Translated Title

  • The Zhaocheng Jin Tripitaka


  • This edition of the Buddhist canon was printed between about the ninth year of the Huangtong era of Xizong of the Jin dynasty and sometime in the Dading era of Shizong, and for this reason is called the "Jin Tripitaka" by scholars. It is also called the "Jin Tripitaka from Tianning Temple in Xiezhou" because the woodblocks were carved at Tianning Temple on Jinglin Mountain, in Xiezhou, Shanxi (modern Xie County in the Jinnan district). In 1933, the work was rediscovered at Guangsheng Temple in Zhaocheng County, Shanxi, so its name is also abbreviated as "Zhaocheng Tripitaka." According to historical records, the creation of the Jin Tripitaka was funded by a woman named Cui Fazhen, a commoner from Zhangzi County in Luzhou, with the support of many believers in the area. Altogether, over 168,000 woodblocks were carved, comprising 6,980 juan (sections) of text. The Jin Tripitaka was based on the tenth-century "Kaibao Tripitaka" and continued the printing traditions of publishing on the North China plain. This work has great documentary value because many of the sutras in this edition of the canon are missing from, or were not included in, other editions.


  • Cui, Fazhen Contributor

Created / Published

  • Xiezhou : Tianning Temple, [1149 to 1173].


  • -  China--Shanxi Province
  • -  1149 to 1173
  • -  Block printing
  • -  Buddhism
  • -  Jin dynasty, 1115-1234


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: Six sheets, 248.6 x 29.1 centimeters; wood blocks.
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of China.
  • -  Content in Chinese.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.
  • -  Title revised per Asian Division.--cc28 2023-01-06


  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • Chinese Books, Manuscripts, Maps, and Prints

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021666131

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Chicago citation style:

Cui, Fazhen Contributor. Zhaocheng Jin cang. [Xiezhou: Tianning Temple, to 1173, 1149] Pdf.

APA citation style:

Cui, F. C. (1149) Zhaocheng Jin cang. [Xiezhou: Tianning Temple, to 1173] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Cui, Fazhen Contributor. Zhaocheng Jin cang. [Xiezhou: Tianning Temple, to 1173, 1149] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.