Well there are no surprises in Jim's contribution and I suppose my post won't be that novel either.
First though let me say that the Tibet fad is big in Australia and I think it is as Jim suggests based on Romanticism one of the central ideologies in the Australian cultural complex.
The Scorsese movie (Kundum?) could not get an official release from Roadshow because they thought it was not economically viable but it has turned out to be a huge commercial success.
The Dalai Lama on his vists here has also been enormously successful. Myself thinks that he gives wisdom a bad name and that he has opened too many fortune cookies. I did not see his references to homosexuality covered here and I thank Jim for the info. Will use.
Now the bit that I disagree with in Jim's post is his unqualified and undialectical celebration of modernisation. But we have all been over this one before, so there is not much point repeating it.