With Chan [and] without Pure Land [practice],
[of] ten persons, nine [walk the] wrong roads.
[The] intermediate state [between death and rebirth], if manifesting before [them],
swiftly [will] they [be] followed [according to their karmic inclinations]. 
Without Chan [and] with Pure Land [practice],
[of] ten thousand cultivators, ten thousand persons [will] go [to Pure Land].
If attaining sight [of] Amitabha Buddha,
why worry [about] not awakening? 
With Chan [and] with Pure Land [practices],
[cultivators are] similar to tigers bearing horns.
[In their] present lives as humans’ teachers,
[in their] future lives becoming Buddhas. 
Without Chan [and] without Pure Land [practices],
iron beds and bronze pillars [await them].
[For] ten thousand kalpas and thousands [of] lives,
[with] no person [to] rely upon. 
– 净土宗六祖永明延寿大师 |
– Pure Land Tradition’s 6th Patriarch Great Master Yongming Yanshou |
Dharma Eye (Fayan) Tradition’s 3rd Patriarch Chan Master Yongming
Combinations Of Chan & Pure Land Practice
(A Simplified Explanation)
 This describes the highly possible great risk of practising meditation misguidedly with Self-Power only, while not connecting to the Other-Power of Amitabha Buddha and his Pure Land for securing a safe rebirth to continue practice of the Dharma.
 This describes the great security that Pure Land practice offers, which leads to meeting Amitabha Buddha, to be able to learn the path to enlightenment through him.
 This describes how mastering both Chan and Pure Land practices creates great additional advantages, leading to the ability to share the Dharma with others now, and to definitely become fully enlightened through Pure Land.
 This describes the worst-case scenario of doing great evil while not having any Dharma practice, thus being reborn into the hells for a long time without any refuge due to great negative karma.