Cultural Buddhism has the same pitfalls as any religious right. The news from Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka in the past decade are devastating to the image westerners had of a peaceful Buddhism. Years ago people would often say things like "at least Buddhists never waged war." Sadly harm is propagated so easily yet beauty is so often overlooked or easily forgotten. This is the realm we live in. It is up to us to counteract the three poisons and build with the roots of happiness. Every moment has its ripple effect, the law of Kamma. Be productive, it may not seem like it but whatever we do in our little part of the world right here right now makes an impact in places and beings far far way, count on that. Generosity, compassion, wisdom cultivated on and off the cushion, that is the work, the practice. Keep it up.