So, we are at this enormously pivotal time in human history where we desperately need what Buddhism and other contemplative practices have to offer us. And we are called as individuals and as a spiritual community to develop the skillful means that makes optimal use of contemporary technology and information to respond as well as we can both individually and collectively to these crises.
I can agree with that.
But must Buddhism be culturally relevant? Must Buddhism be "cutting edge?" Must Buddhism "adapt to the West?"
No, not at all. It neither excludes nor includes the trendy and the mass produced. In a world where Buddhas can be had for money at Wal-Mart, where one can practice non-attachment at Burger King, why should anyone think one should be "special" for practicing Buddhism.
None of this is what I think, what you think, what Roger Walsh thinks, or anyone else. And the opposite is true, as well.
I am not a Buddhist because of the Dalai Lama, nor because of Steve Jobs (I didn't know he was a Buddhist). I am not a Buddhist because it's trendy, but rather because I can help myself and others with this path. In a certain sense I think it's important to extrapolate something Thomas Merton wrote somewhere; my extrapolation is: I think it's useful to be somewhat irrelevant, because that indicates a certain degree of non-attachment.