The Pure Land teachings require us to reach a level of practice where we are able to recite Amitabha Buddha’s name with single-minded focus. This has two aspects: on the one hand, absolute faith and a mind completely free from afflictions or distractions, and on the other hand a mind that has the wisdom of having realised emptiness. Without the study of Dharma, not only is it difficult to achieve the first part of this requirement, but much more so the latter part, the realisation of wisdom. Pure Land practice definitely needs to be combined with the wisdom of realising emptiness and it is for this reason that we need to study.
[~How to Follow the Path of Liberation, June 2015, Australia]