Is Buddhism terminally disorganised? This arresting phrase was used in reference to recent controversy around bhikkhuni ordination. There does seem to be a lack of robust Buddhist institutions, and a marked reluctance to create them. Perhaps, in the West, this is a knee-jerk antipathy to 'organised religion' and a fear that Buddhism might develop oppressive and bureaucratic structures riven by political factions. Or perhaps there is just too much fear and distrust between Western Buddhists.
But can we conceive of helpful organisations? Ones which strive for openness, democracy, consensus, involvement, and the truth? Surely, some inspired by the Buddha's teachings and having realised how valuable the Buddhist path is, might feel moved to volunteer time to help disseminate Buddhist news, support for students, networking initiatives, and other organisations which can help Buddhism to become firmly embedded in Western culture?
I notice that the NBO struggles to find sufficient voluntary effort, as does every other worthwhile Buddhist initiative that I have ever been involved with, whilst other 'faiths' appear to struggle somewhat less.