Erick Mead wrote:
I take him as seriously as he meant to be taken. He seriously meant aikido to have the broadest possible reach and penetration around the world. It has gone far in the mode of people willing to adopt and invest themselves in its native context. It can go farther however, by truly "going native" in the West. We now inform the context of most of the world, for better or worse. The first step is to thoroughly understand the native concepts without reducing their their fullness to the contraints of our frames of reference. Then we can relate them to useful analogues in the Western tradition that provide a bsis for furtehr developemtn WITHIN our tradition. That way, we can begin to add their distinctivness to our own ...
I would rephrase that to say " that way, we can begin to add our distinctiveness to theirs..." Like the way Buddhism is adapted by different cultures to produce Chinese Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Japanese Buddhism, American Buddhism. The different cultures adapt the understanding of Buddhism to make it distinct without losing the basic principals of the original Indian Buddhism.