Huseng wrote:In western countries, you might not have large monastic organizations, but nevertheless you have plenty of qualified dharma teachers as well as individuals spouting nonsense and even some cults self-identifying as Buddhist.
So, is a hierarchy and orthodox institution really necessary to prevent false teachers and adharma from spreading? Even in places where you have traditional organizations, you still get false teachers and adharma.
I am on the fence if Dharma in the West will even survive unless it becomes adharma. There were very few young people at the Westerner Dharma centres I remember. There was a huge influx of Buddhism with the Tibetans and with succeeding waves of Asian immigration. Culminating with the Hong Kong Chinese just before unification. This migration is slowing down and will likely stop in the next decade or so and start to reverse. It is like the American science community after WWII. Nasa was great in it's day. Without all those German rocket scientists the US would never had made it to the moon. I see something much the same with the incredible generation of Tulkus that lived here. I get an inappropriate feeling in some Dharma centres. The same feeling I get in a museum. I don't think 0.7% of the population is enough to self sustain. I think privately many Lamas don't take the West seriously anymore.
Attracting new students would mean changing the formula. It wouldn't really be Buddhism anymore.