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@Shim made a comment in a different post about feeling a bit awkward about the difference in cultures. I thought the idea was worth exploring since I have had a few of the same thoughts from time to time.
One of the first things that confused me greatly when trying to decide where to study and learn was all the talk about lineages, and traditions, and how they vary. Buddhism stresses lineages as being an unbroken chain of master and student all the way back to historical Buddha. But this has not seemed to stop the creation of new schools within Buddhism.
While the roots of Buddhism will always be in India, it has spread to the East and been growing in the West for quite some time (4th largest “religion” in the US). Despite this there seems to be a lack of any solid “Western Traditions”. Mind you most of the practicing Buddhists in the US are typically from other countries.
There are plenty of westerners that have gone on to become Buddhist monks and teachers such as Ajahn Pasanno for example who studies under the forest monks of Thailand.
While I am not a scholar in regards to this topic, I have done a little bit of reading. It would seem to me that the initial spread of Buddhism in the East could be attributed in a large part to the likeminded cultures. I would venture to say that most of the Eastern cultures have a strong focus on family, honor, and maybe to a lesser degree community.
So my question then becomes why do you think that a “Western Tradition” has not arisen? What obstacles are there for the West to really make Buddhism its own? Is it just a matter of time perhaps? We just aren’t there yet?