I was waiting for someone to mention this but so far none so....
Every now and then on Youtube for the past few years, there have been a fair bit of vids posted by the younger generation, those in high school or college / university, where they made videos on Tendai for their school projects, assignments or sharing experiences of their travels to places where they encounter Tendai. Perhaps there is after all a growing influence/popularity of Tendai in the West, specifically the US?
Now I am not saying that any of that is reliable nor 100% accurate (yes I found one using a pic of a Theravada Bhikkhu with the caption 'Tendai Monk' LOL) but here's some thoughts/findings...on the 'popularity' of Tendai in the West from one angle...
1. They could have chosen the more 'popular' forms of Buddhism such as Theravada, Zen/Ch'an, Pure Land or even Nichiren and for that matter Vajrayana forms found in the Tibetan/Japanese traditions but they chose Tendai
2. Possibly, their parents, siblings, relatives, friends and community might have a play in this?
3. Most profiles of the Youtube users who posted are mainly from the US and hardly from Europe/Australia/NZ
4. Randomness? Affinity? Love for the 'uncommon', 'exotic' or 'cool'?
5. Most of the vids did a fair bit on the Great Patriarchs like Zhi Yi, Saicho with a sprinkle of its Japanese history and the Lotus Sutra philosophy all the way to how a Tendai temple altar looks like and what do they practice.
Whilst some may take it at face value, I would see a potential in this saying, "The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next - Abraham Lincoln"
What do you think?