I see two advantages to the non-uniform nature of Buddhism. First, it allows Buddhism – or any other religion – to mutate more readily when its environment changes. Second, in this information age, it allows people to pick the branch of Buddhism that suits them best. No longer are we fated to belong to the only religion we’ve ever heard of. Now we can “shop.” We can choose “statues and incense” Buddhism (to borrow a phrase from Sandy Boucher) or a simple meditation practice. And no one can say that one is more “Buddhist” than the other.