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Brief On Chan & Pure Land’s Four Categories 禅净四料简

有禅无净土,
十人九蹉路,
阴境若现前,
瞥尔随他去。

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]. [1]

无禅有净土,
万修万人去,
若得见弥陀,
何愁不开悟。

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? [2]

有禅有净土,
犹如戴角虎,
现世为人师,
来生作佛祖。

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. [3]

无禅无净土,
铁床并铜柱,
万劫与千生,
没个人依怙。

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. [4]

–  净土宗六祖永明延寿大师 | 
     法眼宗三祖永明禅师

– 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)

[1] 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.

[2] 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.

[3] 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.

[4] 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.

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