If we are to progress on the path, we need to be focused in both our study and practice.
This is true of any endeavor we might wish to accomplish. For example, there are
many different ways to get to New York City from Sydney, Australia. If we do not
already know a good route, we can consider the alternatives and select the way that
seems best suited for us. But once the route is chosen, we will waste a great deal
of time and energy if we keep changing our itinerary and chosen means of transportation
along the way.
Likewise in our practice of Buddhism, once we have found the method that is best
suited to our capabilities and conditions—the method that "feels right" for us—we
will squander this precious lifetime if we give in to the temptation to study and
practice other paths in addition to our chosen method.
Our most important goal as Pure Land Buddhists should be to attain liberation from
the cycle of rebirth for only when we have accomplished this can we truly help others.
Once we have accomplished this by attaining rebirth in the Pure Land, we can study
other methods and practices without fear of falling back on the path to awakening.
Knowing all these methods will enable us to skillfully help all those we have vowed
to help so they too can end suffering and attain lasting happiness.