The situation between Tibet and China is very critical by now since many years, where episodes of violence are really frequent. In neighboring countries to Tibet.. like India, you will find many colonies of Tibetan refugees, of which largely Buddhist monks. McLeod Ganj is one of the major colonies as well as home of the Dalai Lama.
Escape from Tibet, means for many monks also discover and embrace a new culture based on consumerism. Now is very normal to meet these Buddhist monks with Iphone, sunglasses and shoes of famous brands... the values of simplicity and sacrifice are gradually losing importance.