There is a common debate among students.
Since we are living in the age of degeneration, the chance of a happy rebirth seems like a huge risk. If so, should we not make aspirations to be pursuing our dharma learnings in pure land?
Venerable Ru De gave a great analogy in this discourse, providing the analogy of how we view financial investments.
While one can view it as a “safer” choice to seek a rebirth in pure land, the fastest path to Buddhahood will still be in the human realms for us to practice our Spirit of Enlightenment. The trick is, as long as we maintain a good faith and follow the teachings of our teacher, the path of progressive higher rebirth is almost certain.