I post this link because I think it really raises a lot of questions about how we think of our practices. Realize that JAK will not be here to defend his piece, but it's certainly a starting point for an thoughtful look/discussion of what we may take for granted/given:
For the record, I happen to agree with JAK's perspective about "traditional" (at least how most people define it as "authentic.") It didn't mean a thing to me and had no relevance if I can't make it work for me. Conversely, if it worked for me, call it what you want but its mine. I was never able to articulate this perspective, in the past, and have simply went along in my own way. It's nice to know others see and do the same, though their "products" may be different.
I believe "mastery" isn't anything but a undaunted commitment to an internal process of finding one's own truth.