I've been following a discussion board concerned with the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, which is a Zen organization committed to following the teachings of Rev. Jiyu-Kennett. Two things are of great interest about it:
First, it's a damned fine story. There are great characters, truly admirable people. It's a story of good intentions sometimes going the wrong direction, and consequently, there are divisions and hope for reconciliation. And it's a story of how a moment's contrivance on the part of a teacher can become an institutionalized doctrine. A sociologist will immediately think of Weber here.
Second, it's an ongoing story. Many of the major participants in the story itself are also speaking up and, if not always directly, communicating with each other *through the means of the board.* It's publicly available, you can see it happen. Hence, it's a case study in what can go wrong and go right in a Dharma organization in North America, and a demonstration in how open communication & critical discourse might help remedy the errors and strengthen the better choices.
Check it out. http://obcconnect.forumotion.net
Great River Tendai Sangha: a Tendai Buddhist community in Alexandria, Virginia, USA (near Washington, DC):