In looking at this blog entry from Tricycle, I'm struck by the feeling that like the surfers in The Endless Summer, Tricycle, or at least the filmmaker in the post, is presenting the people in this culture to people who are presumed from the outside looking into a "strange" "foreign" culture. I'm sure the filmmaker did not do this intentionally, just as I'm sure his intended audience isn't the one for "March of the Penguins," let alone "The Endless Summer."
And this seems to me to illustrate the ongoing difficulty of "transmitting," or at least "explaining" Buddhism to the West (and East!): The real transmission is lived, it is practiced, it is demonstrated. I know jack about surfing, but the issue of transmission seems a little like surfing: showing the way of surfing to people who have never seen it is best done by actually surfing. Surfing is a pretty good analogy I think down to the fact that the very nature of even the "perfect" wave is impermanence itself. There are no "outsiders" or "insiders" when one is doing this, but there is just surfing. Perhaps in another existence I will have surfed.
I am especially interested in this issue at the moment because of ongoing issues in the workplace, to which I have had to do some serious practice, which, at the moment, like that wave, have yielded seriously good results for all. This needs to be explained to others in ways that have almost nothing to do with Buddhist terminology. Should be interesting. Of course, from a manager's viewpoint, nothing succeeds like success and as long as everyone benefits, there should be no problem. But managers come with all the attributes the rest of us have as well.